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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Officials: Dallas-area prostitution ring had global connections
Dallas Morning News
The major prostitution ring operating in Plano, Dallas and Hurst that authorities busted up this week has national and international ties, officials said Wednesday. The two-year investigation involving local, state and federal authorities was dubbed ...
Yearslong probe dismantles massive North Texas prostitution ring
Feds Bust Prostitution Ring Called ?Operation Flaming Dragon?
Feds: North Texas prostitution ring dismantled
Soccer Stars Are at Center of Paris Prostitution Case
New York Times
Still, the French public and the news media were closely following the case against the soccer players, Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema, which revealed a tawdry world of wealth and prostitution centered on a cafe off the Champs-Élysées. The accusations ...
Benzema & Ribery prostitution trial adjourned
Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema prostitution trial adjourned
French footballers stand trial in underage prostitution case
Women nabbed in prostitution ring 'are not willing participants'
COLLIN COUNTY ? It is a complex prostitution network that reached six states and three North Texas counties. A federal indictment alleges that Quyen Thuc "Tony" Ha operated 10 brothels that masqueraded as "massage parlors" in Collin, Dallas and ...
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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - A federal grand jury in Plano has indicted 11 residents in Dallas and Plano in a vast prostitution conspiracy, not only in North Texas, but in five other states as well. According to the seven-count indictment, the owners of nine ...
Women Arrested in Alleged Spa Prostitution Ring
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Police Bust North Dallas Prostitution Ring
Google search leads to prostitution arrest in Salem
Salem police investigating the robbery of $70 from a Bridge Street coffee shop allegedly found not only the thief but a prostitution business. While investigating an unarmed robbery at the Coffee Time Bake Shop June 10, police were given the cellphone ...
Massage business owner alleges deputies violated civil rights during a ...
Farmington Daily Times
FARMINGTON ? A woman is suing the San Juan County Sheriff and his deputies for what she says was a civil rights violation during a prostitution sting at her Farmington massage parlor. The sheriff's office defended its investigation into the Farmington ...
Germany Has Become the Cut-Rate Prostitution Capital of the World
The presence of thousands of brothels and hundreds of thousands of prostitutes has heightened competition and pushed prices down steeply in the German sex trade. One tourist from Florida, who visits the country three times annually to pay for cheap sex ...
Billings man sentenced for promoting prostitution from jail
Luginbuhl admitted in April that while being held in the Yellowstone County jail on the Stillwater County case he had numerous telephone conversations with his girlfriend about raising bail money through prostitution. The calls were recorded by an ...
NYC prostitution case: Vincent George Sr., Vincent George Jr. acquitted
A judge who heard prostitutes testify that a father-and-son pimp team made them feel like family cleared the two men of sex-trafficking charges Wednesday. The men's supporters in the courtroom cheered the verdict, but the gallery fell silent when Judge ...
Pair of prostitutes widly cheer as father - son pimp team acquitted of sex ...
'Happy hookers' in father son pimp case have to be comforted as judge finds ...
Father, son acquitted in NY of sex trafficking; prostitutes say they enjoyed ...
Charges have been levied against a Longmont couple authorities say were ...
Song Qing Yu, 51, and Fu Zhen Huang, 52, are charged with alleged misdemeanor pimping and pandering, or arranging prostitution. The Larimer County District Attorney's Office also charged the couple on suspicion of pimping, a felony, court records show.
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A Longmont couple suspected of operating a prostitution ring out of massage parlors was arrested by Fort Collins police Monday.
In an ABC7 exclusive, we went with police on an undercover operation at a Santa Ana hotel they call a magnet for crime.
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Over here in Europe there's been something of a scare campaign going on over "sex trafficking". This is the idea that brutes and gangsters trick or force women into moving country and then hold them in sexual slavery: usually being forced to work as prostitutes. There's been all sorts of research trying to look into how much this actually happens. Some says it's pretty much non-existent, others ...
Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema has been accused of political prostitution by one of his former comrades.
PARIS (AP) -- A trial involving Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema on charges they solicited an underage prostitute has been adjourned until January.
Officials from the FBI, Plano Police Department and other agencies announced Wednesday the breakup of a sophisticated prostitution ring with locations in Plano, Dallas and Hurst.
The landlord of a spa being investigated on suspicion of selling sex plead not guilty to charges stating that he knowingly allowed prostitution on his grounds. Thomas Booska stood before a judge at Chittenden County criminal court after being cited for an appearance last week. Booska is being charged with knowingly using his Williston Road property, commonly known as Harmony Spa, for purposes ...
Salem police investigating the robbery of $70 from a Bridge Street coffee shop allegedly found not only the thief but a prostitution business. While investigating an unarmed robbery at the Coffee Time Bake Shop June 10, police were given the cellphone number of a woman who allegedly knew the male thief, Salem Police Lieutenant Conrad Prosniewski said. A Google search of the phone number turned ...
A trial involving Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema on charges they solicited an underage prostitute has been adjourned until January.
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