175x83_RTA-5042-1996-1400-1577-RTA What is Coyote?

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.

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Thanks

Coyote RI is indebted to Norma Jean of Coyote LA for her many years of hard work on behalf of all sex workers. She is an inspiration!


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San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings - Los Angeles Times


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From those observations came an investigation by the FBI and the Sheriff's Department that led this month to the indictment of 22 suspected gang members and associates on charges of running a multi-state prostitution ring, including seducing underage ...

N.Y. men arrested on prostitution charges after raid on Fairfield hotel - NJ.com


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FAIRFIELD ? Three New York City men were arrested last week on charges they were running a prostitution ring out of a local hotel. According to Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna, police received information that illegal activity was taking ...

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Two Wisconsin women are facing prostitution charges after Bismarck police responded to the Days Inn on Saturday. Police say they were dispatched to the motel after getting a report of a strong odor of marijuana. Police made contact with four suspects ...

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Probation for Racine mother involved in alleged teen prostitution scheme - Madison.com


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Prosecutors last year charged Gunderson with one count each of being a party to the crimes of soliciting a child for prostitution, solicitation of prostitutes, and harboring or aiding a felon by falsifying information. She pleaded no contest in July to ...

Second man sentenced for role in Hunterdon prostitution ring - NJ.com


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The second of two men involved in a prostitution ring has been sentenced. On Oct. 3, Pedro Sanchez, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting prostitution. Superior Court judge Stephen B. Rubin, sentenced Sanchez to three years probation and 60 days ...
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) A prostitution sting at a hotel leads to eleven arrests in Council Bluffs. On December 17, 15 Council Bluffs police detectives used the internet to set up undercover meetings with clients and prostitutes. The undercover ...

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According to court records, Wisconsin Rapids Police Lt. Joel Flewellen was working with other officers to conduct an undercover investigation into prostitution in Wisconsin Rapids. Flewellen called a number with a 920 area code that he got from a ...

Sentence revoked for man convicted of promoting prostitution - Billings Gazette


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A man convicted last year of promoting prostitution ? for telling his girlfriend to sell her body to raise money to bail him out of jail ? had his sentence revoked Monday for violating a partially suspended sentence. District Judge Ingrid Gustafson ...

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The debate over whether to hire parking guards to curb crime at the Boynton Beach Marina Village parking garage was reignited in recent days when police broke up a prostitution and drug operation situated inside the penthouse of a nearby condo building.

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11 arrested in Bluffs prostitution sting - Omaha World-Herald


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Those arrested on suspicion of prostitution were Holly Marks, 30, of Omaha (also cited for possession of marijuana); Misty S. Cook, 33, of Council Bluffs; Amanda D. Spencer, 25, no address listed; Ashley T. Moss, 27, of Omaha; Antwanette L. Tyson, 23, ...

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Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario will follow the rules of the new federal prostitution law, even though she?s worried it may violate the Constitution and put sex workers at greater risk. ?The position we?re taking is that we?ll follow the rule of law, the law that?s in place,? Wynne told The Canadian Press. ?But I have asked the attorney general to look at the potential of unconstitutionality ...

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By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prostitution ring allegedly run by high school students who tried to recruit classmates with the promise of $40 and liquor was broken up after a second teenager was arrested in the underage sex scheme, police said on Tuesday. One girl was sexually assaulted in the ploy, which came to light after four others told high school administrators ...

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