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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Slate Magazine (blog)
Report: Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident
The Hill (blog)
The investigator who led the internal inquiry into the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal resigned in August, after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to a report from The New York Times. Local law enforcement ...
Investigator of Secret Service prostitution scandal also linked to prostitution
Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns
Secret Service Prostitution Investigator Resigned After Allegedly Paying for ...
Investigator in Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after being ...
The information in question involved claims that a member of the White House advance team was also involved in the prostitution scandal. Both the White House and the former advance team member, Jonathan Dach, have denied any wrongdoing on his part.
NY Times story on disgraced prostitution prober raises journalistic questions
As the Times reported yesterday: ?The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security's internal review of the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a ...
Report: Prostitution investigator tied to prostitute
Mayo: Should hospital commissioner step down after prostitution reports?
Report: Official quits over prostitution incident
Indictments on prostitution ring include establishments in Cupertino, Sunnyvale - San Jose Mercury News
Indictments on prostitution ring include establishments in Cupertino, Sunnyvale
San Jose Mercury News
A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted 10 defendants for their alleged role in a prostitution racketeering enterprise that recruited Asian women to work as prostitutes in approximately 40 brothels located throughout the Bay Area, including ...
Prostitution in India
Bharati Dey, president of the All India Network of Sex Workers, argues that prostitution is a matter of choice, and that sex workers should have rights like anyone else. The industry has grown as women, notably ill-educated rural migrants, enter India ...
Miami mother accused of forcing daughter into prostitution
But something even darker has landed Calana behind bars. Miami police say the 37-year-old mother forced her teenage daughter into prostitution. Officers last week arrested Calana and suspected drug dealer Lawrence Martin on human trafficking charges.
Suzanne Calana forces teen daughter into prostitution, police say
South Florida Mother Forced Teen Daughter Into Prostitution: Police
Suzanne Bobbie Calana 'forced her teenage daughter into prostitution'
Cops: Spa offered 'sexy Asian love,' is likely part of prostitution ring
MORRIS PLAINS ? Police have again made a prostitution arrest at the VIP Spa on Route 10 east ? and as they did after an arrest there more than two years ago, say there's a larger investigation underway. In a press release described by the Daily ...
Four women arrested in prostitution sting
(WKTV) - Four women were arrested Wednesday night as part of a prostitution sting, Utica police said. Jennifer Hines, 35, of Green Street, is charged with prostitution and loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Adrianne Licano, 32, of Eagle Street ...
Utica police net 4 on alleged prostitution
Official out over prostitution incident
The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department's internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New ...
Fayetteville Student One Of 12 Suspects In Prostitution Sting
BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) ? One of the 12 people arrested in a prostitution sting late last week in Benton County is a student in the Fayetteville School District, school district officials said. Darius Collier, 19, faces charges of trafficking of persons ...
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
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Prostitution might be illegal in Frederick after Tuesday night. It's already illegal in the State of Colorado, but the town does not currently have an ordinance banning the practice.
New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Legalizing prostitution will lead to commodification of women's bodies and encourage organized crime to tighten its hold over the sector, a leading social activist working against trafficking said here Thursday.
David Nieland, who helped draw attention to what he said were shortcomings in the government's probe of a Secret Service prostitution scandal, resigned from his job at the Department of Homeland Security inspector general on Aug. 9, months after he was caught up police prostitution sting.
The DHS official left the agency after allegedly being questioned about whether he hired a prostitute in Fla.
The investigator leading the probe into the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in a prostitution entanglement of his own.
KURTZ: NY Times story on disgraced prostitution prober raises journalistic questions - VIDEO: Kurtz: Paper's source ...
It?s like a scene out of ?House of Cards?: The guy looking into the hooker scandal is himself accused of hanging with a hooker. That?s the latest twist in the Secret Service scandal, a seemingly bottomless pit of seamy allegations in which the investigators become the investigated.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported. Investigator David Nieland left the government in August after refusing to answer questions about the incident, when he was ...
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department's internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported.
A new report found that David Nieland may have resigned in August after being implicated in an incident also involving prostitution
BAKERSFIELD, CA - A prostitution sting Friday brought in a dozen suspected sex workers. The operation brings attention to not only the issue of buying and selling sex, but also human trafficking. While twelve women face solicitation charges, there are hundreds more still on the streets. The founder of Magdalene Hope, an organization helping sex workers get out of the industry, says many ...