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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Oxford Police nab 14 in prostitution sting 'Operation Clean Sweep'
The Huntsville Times - al.com
oxford prostitution.jpg View full sizeOxford Police posted this image on the department's Facebook page of people arrested in a prostitution sting. (Oxford Police). OXFORD, Alabama -- Oxford Police say a sweep targeting prostitution last week will be ...
Oxford police arrest 14 individuals for prostitution
Oxford police arrest 14 suspects in prostitution bust
14 arrested in Oxford prostitution sting
Edison woman to serve 10 years in prison for operating prostitution ring
MIDDLESEX COUNTY ? An Edison woman was ordered today to serve 10 years in state prison for operating a prostitution ring in Woodbridge and motels around central New Jersey. Superior Court Judge Michael Toto, sitting in New Brunswick, sentenced ...
Edison Woman Imprisoned for Running Million Dollar Prostitution Ring out of ...
Woman sentenced for running prostitution ring
New York woman charged with prostitution in Lyndhurst sting
Yin Gin, 51, was charged with engaging in prostitution, Lyndhurst Capt. John Valente said. She was arrested after an undercover Bergen County Prosecutor's Office detective was allegedly propositioned during what was supposed to be a legitimate massage.
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Spring massage parlor busted for alleged prostitution
Your Houston News
Fuji Massage owner Gary Keatley, 56, of Houston, is accused of knowingly employing Rong Zhang, 44, an unlicensed massage therapist who was charged with one count of prostitution and one count of massage therapy license/owner violation. Zhang is in ...
Illegal drugs and prostitution boost Britain's economy by £11billion
The ONS' revised report found household spending was higher in 2012 partly because of ?illegal activities?, namely narcotic drugs and prostitution. The ONS estimated the average annual impact of the addition of illegal narcotics between 1997 and 2013 ...
Illicit drugs and prostitution bolster Britain's economy by £11 billion per ...
Britons spend more on drugs and prostitutes than beer and wine
Our GDP figures just got a £10bn boost by including prostitution and illegal ...
10 arrested in Minot prostitution sting
Dan Strandberg said the 8½-hour operation on Friday resulted in the most arrests the department has made during a prostitution sting. Undercover officers posted two online ads and the men were arrested after arriving at Noble Inn in Minot, which ...
Minot police catch 10 men in prostitution sting
The Detroit News
Duggan: Police will ramp up drug, prostitution busts
The Detroit News
Duggan said city departments will be more integrated with the police department's efforts to seize drug houses and crack down on prostitution ? a connection he says was lacking while the police department was under Orr. ?City departments will all be ...
Cop arrested in prostitution sting is set to get $10579 a month in paid leave
Los Angeles Times
A Glendale police sergeant arrested last month for allegedly soliciting a prostitute will make more than $10,000 a month on paid leave until he retires at the end of 2015, records show. The arrangement was reached months before Sgt. Vahak Mardikian's ...
Darlington County officials bust drug, prostitution operation
DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Darlington County officials busted a prostitution and drug operation at a video store in Darlington County on Tuesday. Victor Balin, 39, has been charged with multiple crimes, including: operation of brothel, possession ...
Police believe prostitution bust tied to Chinese organized crime
Six people arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of running a Central Indiana prostitution ring now face felony and misdemeanor charges in what authorities believe was a money-laundering operation for Chinese organized crime. Officers with the ...
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
Amsterdam may be heralded as a hub for liberalism and social progression following its legalisation of prostitution in 1988 and consumption of marijuana.
London (AFP) - Drug trafficking and prostitution contributed Â£8.5 billion (10.9 billion euros, $13.8 billion) to the British economy last year, Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday.
Sunday operation leads to arrest in massage parlor.
The youngest victim of an Ottawa teen prostitution ring has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and says she is too "scared to do anything" since she was forced into prostitution, an Ottawa court heard Tuesday. Crown prosecutors did not pursue adult sentences for the two teen girls who pleaded guilty, but have signalled their intention to pursue an adult sentence in this case.
Spending on illegal drugs and prostitution was worth an estimated £12.3bn to the UK economy last year, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The report found that the average impact of the purchase of narcotics and prostitution on household expenditure in the UK between 1997 and 2013 was an estimated £11.1bn a year over that period. It is the first time prostitution ...
Some children victims of prostitution now also serve as ?pimps? for other children. The post Kids pimp through facebook chat, texts appeared first on Davao Today .
A prostitution and drug sting was underway at a video store in Darlington County on Tuesday.
Oxford police say 14 people are under arrest after an undercover sting dubbed "Operation Clean Sweep."
The month of September saw numerous sex trafficking arraignments and sentencings nationwide, as both local and federal law enforcement continue to expose child prostitution rings from shore to shore?a growing problem that reports state are inadequately addressed in most states. On September 11th, Coy Klinger, 37, was indicted in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. with running [?]
A two-day undercover operation this week in Shreveport ended in the arrest of 11 people for prostitution and human trafficking crimes.