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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Nuns accuse nearby strip club of prostitution
STONE PARK, Ill. ? The ongoing fight between strippers and nuns in the west suburbs is entering a new round. The nuns allege employees of the strip club are engaging in prostitution. The nuns have been fighting the strip club since it opened in 2012.
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Reno Gazette Journal
Reno prostitution sting: 4 cited, 3 arrested
Reno Gazette Journal
A sting that targeted prostitutes and their male customers resulted in four citations and three arrests in downtown Reno. Four men were cited on solicitation for prostitution, the Regional Street Enforcement Team reported earlier this week. They were ...
Melbourne police arrest 6 in prostitution sting
The police department's Special Investigations Unit fanned out along the corridor and took six women into custody on charges of solicitation for prostitution. The women arrested are: Pamela Brown, 34; Latanya Brown, 30; Jill Smith, 34; Kelly Walsh, 30; ...
Melbourne Police Arrest Six In Prostitution Sweep
police arrest 6 in prostitution sting
N.J. massage parlor owner indicted on charge of promoting prostitution
&mdashA 54-year-old Flushing, N.Y., man who owned a Pohatcong Township massage parlor was indicted by a Warren County grand jury this week for allegedly keeping a "house of prostitution," The Express-Times reported. Yingshu Jin, is the owner Route ...
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Details of Greg Anthony's prostitution arrest revealed in latest court documents
... UNLV team that won the 1990 NCAA tournament, with teammates Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon. Anthony's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 2. Police say he could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted of the prostitution solicitation charge.
Details of Greg Anthony's prostitution arrest surface
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Details emerge about Greg Anthony prostitution sting
18 men and women arrested in Daytona Beach prostitution sting
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Four women incurred felony prostitution charges due to each having two or more prior prostitution convictions, according to reports. They included Shontell Brown, 27, of Holly Hill; Keesha Higgins, 37, of Daytona Beach; Meggan Cross, 34, of Daytona ...
Muncie Star Press
Woman arrested in prostitution sting
Muncie Star Press
A Muncie woman was arrested after she allegedly offered to perform a sex act on an undercover police officer for $30. Dorronda Danielle Wood, 44, was preliminarily charged with prostitution. She was released on her own recognizance Friday after being ...
Phoenix transgender activist's conviction in prostitution case thrown out
Jones was found guilty of "manifesting prostitution" in April after a trial in Phoenix Municipal Court, but she appealed the decision. Jones' attorneys maintained that her trial was riddled with errors and based on an ordinance that violated ...
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Judge Voids Conviction Of Trans Woman In High-Profile Case
Phoenix Gets Serious About Crime Ahead Of Super Bowl By Arresting More ...
The vice enforcement unit of the Phoenix police department has revised its policy concerning prostitution just in time for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. ?Effective immediately, any individual who solicits or hires another person to commit an act of ...
WTSP 10 News
Undercover johns fight prostitution in St. Pete
WTSP 10 News
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Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
A state judicial marshal charged with promoting prostitution and larceny late last year was fired last week and is now facing a child pornography charge.
Published: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 3:18 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 3:18 p.m.
As the Syriza party prepare to take power in Greece, promising anti-austerity reforms, Rebecca Reid explains why it's the country's laws around sex work that need updating. Urgently
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New Jersey mother wrongfully caught in prostitution takedown before last year?s Super Bowl is suing authorities for not doing due diligence.
Victim killed in this week's murder at the Super 8 motel was a fugitive from Idaho who may have been in the process of setting up a prostitution ring in Tulsa.
Court documents have revealed new details about the prostitution arrest of basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony in Washington. Court documents describe the conversation Anthony had with an undercover officer before his arrest Jan. 16 at a Washington hotel. The documents show the undercover officer told Anthony that intercourse would cost $80. Anthony responded to an escort ad ...
A prostitution sting spearheaded by Reno's Regional Street Enforcement Team led to four citations and three arrests Tuesday.
PARIS - Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose sexual proclivities cost him his job and a shot at the French presidency, goes on trial Monday for "pimping" over his alleged role in a prostitution ring. The 65-year-old saw his high-flying career at the head of the International Monetary Fund and presidential prospects implode when a chambermaid at a New York hotel accused him of sexual ...
PARIS, France--Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose sexual proclivities cost him his job and a shot at the French presidency, goes on trial Monday for "pimping" over his alleged role in a prostitution ring. The 65-year-old saw his high-flying career at the head of the International Monetary Fund and presidential prospects implode when a chambermaid at a New York hotel accused him of ...