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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The San Francisco Appeal
Ten people indicted in Bay Area prostitution ring
San Jose Mercury News
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ten people have been indicted in connection with a prostitution ring that recruited Asian women to work as prostitutes in dozens of brothels throughout the Bay Area for over a decade, officials announced Thursday. The defendants ...
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Feds Break Up Giant Ring of Brothels
37 Arrested in SLO Prostitution Crackdown
"In an effort to suppress human trafficking for sex and acts of prostitution in our local communities, a multi-agency collaborative effort was formulated to target this industry which has had a noticeable increase in our local hotels/motels," the news ...
Officers from 3 agencies arrest 37 in prostitution sting
37 arrested in prostitution sting in SLO County
Springs Police Raid Two Massage Parlors for Prostitution and Human Trafficking - KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Springs Police Raid Two Massage Parlors for Prostitution and Human Trafficking
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Colorado Springs Police along with Homeland Security busted two massage parlors Wednesday for prostitution and human trafficking. The two businesses, One + One Spa and Rainbow Spa, are owned by the same person who's name has not been released ...
Videotape could play part in possible prostitution scandal at sc - WFSB 3 ...
A videotape could be circulating in connection with the possible Bolton High School student prostitution scandal. The new development raises the stakes after students say a 14-year-old girl charged multiple classmates for oral sex in the boys' bathroom.
6 suspended over prostitution allegations at Bolton High
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Students suspended after alleged prostitution in high school bathroom
Kettering woman guilty of promoting prostitution
A Kettering woman on Friday was found guilty by a jury of promoting prostitution under a recently revised Ohio law that could lead to her and others in the state being labeled sex offenders. The law change stripped the language about transportation for ...
Canyon pastor arrested on prostitution charge
Reeves was booked into the Potter County Jail on a misdemeanor charge, and was released on a $1,000 bond. Kristina Gayle Moon, 31 was also arrested at the Motel 6 alongside Reeves. Jail records indicate she was arrested on a prostitution charge as ...
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23 arrests made during Sacramento prostitution sting
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Sheriff's Dept. Goal in Publicizing Prostitution Busts: Shame
Northern Ireland prostitution ban divides opinion
Lee fears that the change will increase the danger for prostitutes. ?This will increase violence, make sex workers less likely to report crimes to the police, increase stigma and force the sex industry underground,? said Lee. ?I find it incredible that ...
Hunter: Lawmakers to address human trafficking
Robert Wood Johnson calls for halt to human trafficking
Great Falls Tribune
Man guilty of prostitution-for-bail arrested
Great Falls Tribune
A Billings man who was on probation for encouraging his girlfriend to sell sexual favors to raise his $500 bail after he was charged with assaulting her has been arrested for violating his probation in several ways, including not paying restitution to ...
Denville prostitution crackdown continues: two more arrested
DENVILLE ? Employees of another Denville massage parlor were charged with prostitution Monday, this time at the site of a previous bust, now under new management. Through the first three weeks of October, the Denville Township Police Department ...
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MANILA - The country's biggest penitentiary - the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa - continues to suffer from congestion, illegal drugs, prostitution among other problems due to the failure of government to implement the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013.
Sex crimes experts are shedding light on the legal implications of the alleged prostitution case involving several Bolton High School students.
Following several prostitution arrests, St. Charles is making a move officials believe will shutter massage parlors in the city that employ therapists with no professional training.
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37 people were arrested in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach in a prostitution crackdown.
Prostitution law change in Northern Ireland 'would work', says Lord Morrow, but those against it say enforcement would be difficult.
A Kettering woman in January drove her friend in a blue Astrovan from Englewood to a Dayton townhome where police were waiting as part of a prostitution sting operation.
An undercover prostitution sting along Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento led to the arrests of nearly two dozen people.
Anti-prostitution campaigners have warned that the North?s decision to criminalise the buyers of sex could mean more pimps choosing to base their prostitution operations south of the border.
Sex workers fear new law will put them in more danger, while advocates of Swedish model claim it will eradicate trafficking When Laura Lee, a part-time escort and sex worker rights campaigner, stood up in the Northern Ireland assembly to give evidence against a proposed bill that would make it illegal to buy sex, as in Sweden, she was blunt in her estimation of the damage it would cause. If the ...