Local Research

Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women- Coyote RI Survey Collection

Pembroke  – Sex Work in the US After FOSTA (April 2018-19) Survey Quantitative Data

Pembroke- Trafficking and the Sex Industry in the United States Survey 2017

Trafficking and the Sex Industry in Rhode Island Survey- 2014-2016

The History of Sex Work Law in Rhode Island- November 20th, 2019

National ACLU calls for decriminalization of sex work; cites Rhode Island’s experience- October 23rd, 2020

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – Enforcement at the Airport

NERC Amnesty Decrim Policy 2019 presentation 2019

Coyote RI- Student- Intern Research

USDA reported that 11 percent of households in Rhode Island are food insecure– October 10th, 2019

Quitting the Sex Trade: Keeping Narratives inside the Debates on Prostitution Policy and Legislation– July 2019

International Journal of Drug PolicyVolume 70, August 2019

The New Virtual Crackdown on Sex Workers’ Rights: Perspectives from the United States– April 2019

Here is one of Coyote new projects, tracking the trafficking money. As you can see these people have created tons of good jobs for themselves and are funded for nice offices and traveling around to promote hysteria, and yet most of them don’t provide any direct services to the few victims that are located. This is an ongoing project, so more data will be added.

Global Implications Of FOSTA, By Meghan Peterson (3rd place winner of Slixa’s essay contest) Feb 2019

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at  University- Human Trafficking Research Cluster 

Beck’s Depression Inventory

Know your Rights Cards (English)

Know Your Rights Cards (Korean)

Know Your Rights Cards (Mandarin Chinese)

Know Your Rights Cards -Portuguese

How To be an Ally to Sex Workers (English)

How to be an Ally to Sex Workers (Korean)

How to be an Ally to Sex Workers (Mandarin Chinese)

Best Practices for Connecting “People in the Sex Industry” with Services (English)

Best Practices for Connecting “People in the Sex Industry” with Services (Mandarin Chinese)

Best Practices for Connecting “People in the Sex Industry” with Services (Korean) 



Professor Explores Dark Side of the Anti-Trafficking Movement -May 8th, 2018

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition  -Elena Shih-  February 13th, 2017

Duplicitous Freedom: Moral and Material Care Work in Anti-Trafficking Rescue and Rehabilitation -November 2018

Coyote  WHAT IS ZINE?   (SLIDESHOW) Sept 2018

Texas Christian University Presentation- Sept 2018

How Abolition gets Trafficked Sept 2018

Protecting the Health and Rights of Sex Workers in the US and globally

After FOSTA Slide Show 2018- Coyote RI

Coyote’s After FOSTA Impact Report


RHODE ISLAND State Statistics Overview Operation Do the Math 2017

Operation do the Math 2017


Operation Do The Math 2016 Stats

Condoms as evidence of prostitution in the United States and the criminalization of sex work- 2013

***PART VI – Graphs/ charts and spreadsheets – arrests for prostitution 1981 to 2016– by age and gender***



2000 to 2017

According to state court records, from 2009 to 2015, there were 118 charges against sex sellers; sixty-five against sex buyers and thirty-nine against traffickers.

The History of Prostitution in Rhode Island-


“We Don’t Need Your Pity, We Need Our Rights:” Understanding the Experiences of Sex Workers within the HIV Continuum of Care in the United States

Julianna Brown April 20, 2018, Health and Human Biology


Prosperity Now Scorecard highlights strengths and weaknesses in Rhode Island’s ability to help families prosper- Feb 8th, 2018

There’s Now A Study Backing Up Link Between Police Shootings, Racial Segregation- Feb 8th, 2018

Thousands of Marijuana Citations Issued Since Possession Decriminalized Study also finds racial disparities in rates of citations issued to African Americans and whites in cities that provided demographic data

ACLU Report: RI lawmakers created 170 new crimes, harsher penalties since 2000– Jan 30th, 2018

RHODE ISLAND’S STATEHOUSE-TO-PRISON PIPELINE How “Tough-On-Crime” Lawmaking Results in Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration Jan 2018

Sex Trafficking and the Sex Industry in the United States 2017

Prostitution decriminalized: Rhode Island’s experiment  BY ELANA GORDON- August 3rd, 2017

Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health by Scott Cunningham and Manisha Shah-2017

Policing Modern Day Slavery 2014-2016

Decriminalising prostitution could ‘dramatically’ reduce sexual violence and STI transmission, finds study Dec 20th, 2017

Slideshow on US Sex Worker survey 

Trending Globally: Politics and Policy – Episode 4 – Sex Work Is Work- Dec 2016

Sex workers’ rights activist Bella Robinson (Coyote RI)  and sociologist and Watson postdoctoral fellow Elena Shih discuss the “trafficking” and “rescue” narratives muddying the reality of what sex work is–and what sex workers really need.

I am a former escort. Trust me, criminalizing prostitution doesn’t help Matthew Lawrence November 3rd, 2016

Donna Hughes, URI professor of sex worker demonization

Major props to Emily Schell,  another Brown University student that I had the pleasure of collaborating with this semester.- May 2016  https://decriminalizenow.wordpress.com

BRIGHT STAR  May 11th, 2016

Prostitution and Sex Work-December 2015

Policing Identity: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the PIC (A Recap in Tweets) APRIL 27, 2015 by CHERISE MORRIS


Donna Hughes, URI professor of sex worker demonization

Happy Endings? (1:14)

‘Happy Endings?’ is a documentary that explores the Asian Massage Parlor industry in Providence, RI. Follow ‘Heather’ a Korean immigrant, who opens a spa in August 2005, in a state where a loophole in the law does not make the exchange of sex for money a crime, as long as it happens “behind closed doors”.