Coyote was founded in 1973 to work for the repeal of the prostitution laws and an end to the stigma associated with sex work. In addition to engaging in public education regarding a wide range of issues related to prostitution, COYOTE has provided crisis counseling, support groups, and referrals to legal and other service providers to thousands of prostitutes, mostly women. COYOTE members have also testified at government hearings, served as expert witnesses in trials, helped police with investigations of crimes against prostitutes, and provided sensitivity training to government and private non-profit agencies that provide services to prostitutes.
For more information, read our article What is Coyote?
What is Coyote RI?
Coyote RI is a New England-based group founded by Bella Robinson and based on Coyote core principles.
Coyote RI mission statement
Indoor sex work was decriminalized in Rhode Island in 1979 due to Margo St.James filing a class action suit to challenge the states prostitution laws and the case was dismissed after a federal judge revised Rhode Island prostitution laws. However in 2009 Rhode Island voted back in to criminalize all prostitution, so we call back into action Coyote Rhode Island (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics).
While we oppose society's Moral Witch Hunt against us and laws that criminalize us, we are aware that sex workers must live in the real world. At it's best, that world disrespects and ostracizes us; at it's worst, it seeks to exploit and even harm us.
The Rhode Island chapter of Coyote is here to offer a safe harbor from that world.
We believe adult providers can make the best choices for themselves without interference from law enforcement on the one hand nor do-gooders who want to "help" us against our will on the other hand.
If you need resources and support you will find that here. If you choose to leave this business, we seek to provide you information on the best resources that can assist you transition to another lifestyle. We respect each provider's right to choose for herself.
We vehemently oppose all forms of human trafficking and child prostitution. The victims of these crimes deserve our compassion and support; those who exploit others in such a manner deserve severe punishment.
We advocate for laws that make sense to protect our youth rather than continuing the Moral Witch Hunt against consenting adults.
Our goal is to reducing harm by education and decriminalizing indoor consensual sex work between consenting adults.
more about Coyote
- Margo St James - Wikipedia entry on Coyote's founder
- Margo St James unofficial fan club
- San Francisco Weekly - Slap Shots Sept 20, 1995 - Margo St James discusses the Hooker's Ball
- Margo St. James Runs for S.F. Supervisor by Christine Beatty - interview with Margo St James
- Coyote - Wikipedia entry
- a brief history of prostitution an article by Bella Robinson (on Geisha Diaries)
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Hollywood Man Faces Up To A Life Term For Prostitution Conviction
According to trial testimony, McKinley forced the 28-year-old victim into prostitution in December 2013. She was required to have up to seven dates a day, seven days a week, with all of her earnings going to McKinley. She was assaulted and once tied up ...
Prostitution charges dropped against Springfield police officer
The Republican - masslive.com
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) ? A Connecticut judge has dismissed all charges against a Springfield detective who was arrested in a Valentine's Day prostitution sting. The Journal Inquirer reports that Enfield Superior Court Judge Kathleen McNamara dismissed ...
Dodge County couple, clients face charges in prostitution sting
For the first time Monday, we'll get a look at the woman accused of running a prostitution business in her home. Debbie Walters, 45, her husband Daniel, 36, and eleven alleged customers ranging in age from 34 to 61, are all due in court today ...
Undercover prostitution sting nabs 10 'Johns'
WYFF News 4 Investigates went undercover with Greer Police to see what's being done to nab the people who solicit prostitution, also known as 'Johns.' The prostitution sting, which was conducted on a Thursday afternoon, only focused on arresting 'Johns ...
Undercover prostitution sting nets 10 in Greer
13 Prostitution Related Arrests
Often times the prostitution is coupled with other illegal offenses. Recently, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department investigated a robbery that was in relation to prostitution. Nationwide, online prostitution sites have been a tool used by robbers ...
Sheriff: 13 prostitution related arrests made in McCracken County
Prostitution sting leads to 13 arrests in Paducah
Lexington Herald Leader
PADUCAH, Ky. ? Police in western Kentucky have used an online ad to arrest a dozen men charged with soliciting a prostitute at a hotel. Twelve men were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday for solicitation of prostitution. Two of them face an additional ...
8 cited, arrested in Reno prostitution sting
KY man arrested during prostitution sting taken back to jail on other charge
Prostitution sting in best interest of community
Woman caught in Naperville prostitution sweep sentenced
The last of five people arrested in Naperville two years ago during an FBI-coordinated effort targeting child prostitution has been convicted in that case. Melissa S. Ronczkowski, 25, of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court in ...
Prostitution isn't victimless
Quad City Times
With the recent arrest of a dozen people for prostitution offenses in a Bettendorf sting operation, I thought it would be a good time to remind people that there is a good reason why prostitution is illegal and why it should have enhanced penalties for ...
Prostitution ring linked to Bridgeton deaths dates to 2011, authorities say - Press of Atlantic City
Prostitution ring linked to Bridgeton deaths dates to 2011, authorities say
Press of Atlantic City
BRIDGETON ? An alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring linked to the death of two men last month was either operating or in the planning stages since at least March 2011, federal documents state.
High Desert pair held in Montclair prostitution case
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Two High Desert men were arrested in Montclair on Thursday during a prostitution enforcement operation. Sheriff's deputies, Department of Homeland Security agents and police officers from San Bernardino and Pomona took part, focusing on Montclair, ...
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
A video documentary showing the reality of underage prostitution in Kuala Lumpur is "lopsided" as Malaysia does not have a sex "industry", police told The Star Online today. The Star's news portal quoted the Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division principal assistant director SAC Datuk Roslee Chik as saying that Malaysia's sex trade was...
With Canada's proposed prostitution legislation expected to return to the House of Commons in the fall sitting, a panel at the University of Regina weighed in Thursday on the pros and cons of Bill C-36.
Calling it ?a hub of prostitution, assaults, robberies and narcotics,? Merced County prosecutors on Friday filed a formal complaint against the owners of a Merced motel.
A Connecticut judge has dismissed all charges against a Springfield detective who was arrested in a Valentine's Day prostitution sting.
Polk County Sheriff?s Office detectives conducted a four day prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrests of 80 people
PADUCAH -- Thirteen people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into prostitution in western Kentucky.
The last of five people arrested in west suburban Naperville two years ago during an FBI-coordinated effort targeting child prostitution has been convicted in that case.
Taiwanese authorities said Wednesday they busted a prostitution ring exploiting young Chinese women that was estimated to have earned at least Tw$100 million ($3.33 million) in one year. Police arrested 18 suspects, including eight Chinese women and their pimps and chauffers during raids near Taipei late Tuesday and early Wednesday, said the National Immigration Agency. The ring allegedly touted ...
An East Moline man has been charged with promoting prostitution and is expected to appear in bond court today, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators learned late Friday, that one of the suspects that was arrested this week during a prostitution sting operation, was out on bond in Hickman County Kentucky on charges of rape of a minor.