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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Is Amnesty International going to condone prostitution?
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Amnesty International OK's prostitution?
Fort Hood Soldier Charged in Prostitution Case
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Massage parlors create friction as critics claim they are fronts for ...
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Critics claim massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, human trafficking
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Court orders bar closed amid prostitution sting
INDIANAPOLIS - A Marion County court issued a temporary restraining order Saturday for an east side bar accused of prostitution. The Marion Superior Court issued the order Saturday following an investigation into the business, Sabor Bohemio, by IMPD's ...
IMPD closes nuisance nightclub on Eastside
Officers shut down nightclub after repeated violations
DA: Six nabbed in King of Prussia prostitution sting
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might ...
Prostitution sting nets 5 arrests in Henrietta
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A prostitution sting by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of four women and one man on Tuesday. Rochester residents Crystal Pullin, 22, Yariliss Flecha, 20, Nikekia Desius, 18, and Chaida Echevarria, 22, were charged with ...
Four arrested in Henrietta prostitution sting
Four women arrested in prostitution sting in Henrietta
Sarasota police sending out 'prostitution advisory' letters
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The Sarasota Police Department is taking a unique approach to cutting down on solicitation of prostitution in their city. Beginning March 4, the department started sending out "prostitution advisory letters" to registered vehicle owners whose business ...
Sarasota PD sends out prostitution warnings to residents
Sarasota Police Department mails prostitution advisory letters
Sarasota sends prostitution warning letters to vehicle owners
Undercover Sting Ends In Prostitution Bust, OKC Volunteers Learn Human ...
Human trafficking experts said they have seen two notable changes with prostitution and sexual exploitation: The victims are younger, and the pimps are not just men anymore. No Boundaries International is a non-profit Christian outreach, and volunteers ...
6 arrested in Conyers prostitution sting
Lt. Chris Moon with Conyers Police Criminal Investigation Division said officers want to crack down on prostitution because of the more dangerous crimes they often see stem from it. "We've had to investigate armed robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, ...
Six 'johns' arrested in prostitution sting
CPD arrests 6 "johns" in prostitution sting
Four alleged prostitutes from Birmingham, Alexander City arrested in Tuscaloosa
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4 arrested in latest internet prostitution sting in Tuscaloosa
4 arrested for prostitution in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa police arrest 4 on prostitution charges
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On Monday 3 March an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution published the findings of its inquiry and recommended the criminalisation of sex workers' clients. Claims that prostitution will be reduced are unfounded.In Sweden, where a similar law was introduced in 1999, many women have been displaced to border towns or are working in less visible ways. Considering that welfare in Sweden has ...
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ? A Fort Hood sergeant who was a coordinator of the post's sexual assault and harassment prevention program faces multiple charges after he was accused of setting up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers.
Conyers police made several arrests during an undercover prostitution sting. Investigators told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri they are targeting several more serious crimes related to prostitution.
The letter will warn that police were surveying an area of the city known for prostitution and saw your vehicle.
The Sarasota Police Department is taking a unique approach to cutting down on solicitation of prostitution in their city.
The Sarasota Police Department is taking a unique approach to cutting down on solicitation of prostitution in their city.
The Sarasota Police Department has started sending ?advisory? letters to owners of vehicles seen in areas known for criminal activity, a new weapon against the ongoing prostitution problem in the North Trail area.
TEWKSBURY -- An undercover prostitution operation conducted Tuesday resulted in the arrests of three out-of-state women at two local hotels, according to police.
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