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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6 suspended over prostitution allegations at Bolton High
Six high school students in Shelby County have been suspended as the sheriff's office investigates allegations of prostitution in a school bathroom. Sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington told WMC-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1x8Z0bv ) deputies are ...
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Through the first three weeks of October, the Denville Township Police Department investigated 46 Spa, where employees were believed to be engaging in prostitution. As a result of the investigation, last Wednesday, police determined two female ...
Yet another prostitution arrest in Denville
Denville police have made prostitution arrests a priority over the past few years. In June, two women were charged with operating a sexually oriented business at the Route 46 spa. In that case, police said they heard complaints from residents about a ...
7 arrested in Huber Heights prostitution sting
A two-day operation targeting prostitutes and their clients by Huber Heights and Dayton police resulted in seven arrests. The joint operation was conducted in the city of Huber Heights Oct. 16 and 17, according to a release from Huber Heights police.
Chester Woman Gets 15 Years In Prison For Running Prostitution Venture
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ? A Chester, Pa. woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sex trafficking women for prostitution. Rashidah Brice, a/k/a Camille, a/k/a Milly pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2013 to sex trafficking a minor by force and two counts ...
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St. Charles to require new massage license after prostitution arrests
Chicago Daily Herald
Logging three prostitution arrests during stings at three different massage parlors this spring proved to be a wake-up call for St. Charles officials. Addressing the growing problem while not harming legitimate businesses has been a challenge with more ...
Fremont: Traffic stop nets arrests for human trafficking, teenage prostitution
Contra Costa Times
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Prostitution: the pros and cons of decriminalisation
The Week UK
Paying for sex will be banned in Northern Ireland after members of the Stormont assembly voted in favour of the motion this week, but sex workers say the bill will put them in danger and are calling for prostitution to be decriminalised. The Human ...
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Memphis man, woman jailed in Franklin on prostitution charges
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CMPD Cracking Down on Prostitution Along Woodlawn Road
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Prostitution law change in Northern Ireland 'would work', says Lord Morrow, but those against it say enforcement would be difficult.
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 crimes experts are shedding light on the legal implications of the alleged prostitution case involving several Bolton High School students.
Officers shut down a known drug and prostitution house early Tuesday morning in an effort to clean-up a St. Petersburg neighborhood.
Violent crime is on the decline in Mecklenburg County, and police say efforts like a recent crackdown on prostitution near Interstate 77 and Woodlawn Road are a reason why.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking into the alleged prostitution at Bolton High School and the student at A. Maceo Walker Middle School, who was issued a juvenile summons for bringing a weapon on campus.
Michael W. Skwarok, 50, of Madison; Brian G. Doerfler, 49, of Combined Locks; and Stephen B. Valentine, 43, of Mequon, appeared in Dodge County Circuit Court on Monday.
LOS ANGELES ? The teenage girl slouched in her baggy orange detention uniform for yet another court hearing in her prostitution case. From the bench, Commissioner Catherine Pratt called out a sunny ?hello,? trying to create a human bond for a girl who has few of them.