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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Do dating apps have a prostitution problem?
That echoes a personal essay the Australian writer Al Kalyck wrote last March: ?This one time I met up with a prostitute on Tinder,? he begins. He and his date, ?Victoria,? hung out around her house for a while before she had to go to work. ?I begged ...
Cops: Marlton Massage Parlor Was A Front For Prostitution
MARLTON, N.J. (CBS) ? Investigators say four people were arrested for their separate alleged roles in prostitution at a newly opened massage parlor in South Jersey. The alleged illegal activity, police say, was happening at a parlor located at 105 ...
Evesham massage parlor site of prostitution, police say
4 arrested on prostitution charges at Evesham massage parlor
Kingsford man facing trial on prostitution charges
DICKINSON COUNTY -- A Kingsford man facing prostitution charges is now scheduled to return to court in Dickinson County. Iron Mountain Police Department arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Vyvyan back in May after an eight month investigation. Authorities ...
When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution, rape decreased sharply - Washington Post (blog)
When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution, rape decreased sharply
Washington Post (blog)
For decades, few people noticed that legislators in Providence had deleted crucial language from Rhode Island state law in 1980. It wasn't until a 2003 court case that police, to their chagrin, discovered they couldn't prevent prostitutes and their ...
When RI accidentally legalized prostitution, rape decreased
Tempe prostitution sting nets 16 arrests
Sixteen men were arrested at a Tempe hotel last week as part of a two-day prostitution sting and an ongoing citywide investigation into crimes related to sex trafficking, police said. Police made the arrests on July 8 and July 9 at a hotel near the ...
Tempe police arrest 16 in prostitution sting
Police: Tempe prostitution bust nets 16 arrests
Tempe police: 16 arrested in a prostitution sting
Seven arrested on prostitution-related charges
The Rock River Times
The charges were for prostitution, soliciting rides in the roadway, and improper walking in the roadway. Names and charges are as follow: ? Cynthia K. Saack, 42, prostitution;. ? Rebecca J. DuFoe, 41, soliciting rides on a roadway;. ? Corinne J ...
Trial of former Brunswick cop charged with participating in prostitution ...
Port City Daily
The trial of a former Northwest police officer charged with participating in the prostitution of a minor has been rescheduled for next month. No court reporter was available for the trial this week so the case was moved to Aug. 18, the next trial date ...
Ex-cop facing prostitution of a minor charge heading to trial
The Most Effective Way To Fight HIV Worldwide May Be Legal Prostitution
Scrapping laws that ban sex work would slash the number of HIV infections over the next decade, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum on Tuesday. Female sex work is one of the big vectors of the world HIV pandemic, sometimes being the ...
Prostitution: the pros and cons of decriminalisation
'Decriminalise prostitution': Top medical journal Lancet calls for global ...
Prostitution bill passes Justice Committee with amendments
Fall River police arrest six men, two women during during prostitution sting ... - Fall River Herald News
Fall River police arrest six men, two women during during prostitution sting ...
Fall River Herald News
FALL RIVER ? Police arrested six alleged ?Johns? and two women during a prostitution sting Friday night on North Main Street. The sting was prompted by several neighborhood complaints of drug dealing and prostitution, according to court documents.
An Undercover Prostitution Sting Nets Seven Arrests in Rockford
"Prostitution is something that really affects our business considering that we're on the corner of Eighth and Broadway. They stand outside and sometimes customers can't get off because they see them their and they obviously know what they're trying to ...
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
Making the purchase of sex a crime strips women of agency and autonomy. It should be decriminalized altogether.
A new paper suggests that legal prostitution could reduce violence against women and curtail sexually transmitted diseases.
How the massive influx of tourists impacted prostitution, which is technically legal, in the South American country.
Investigators say four people were arrested for their separate alleged roles in prostitution at a newly opened massage parlor in South Jersey.
A new report found the app was rife with prostitution spam. But Tinder is a marketplace for real sex workers, too.
At least 10 individuals including a minor were arrested for criminal attempt of prostitution July 10 and July 11 at the Holiday Inn Express, 320 N. I-35 by the Cooke County Sheriff?s Department and Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, and Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.
Two contradictory portraits of prostitution emerged during this week's parliamentary hearings ? one, empowered women free to choose to sell their bodies for sex; The Conservatives responded with a new bill that creates new offences for clients and pimps, but does not generally criminalize prostitutes themselves ? except if they communicate to sell their services in a public place where children ...
MPs are this week studying the government's proposed changes to Canadian prostitution laws. Here are seven voices from the people who work with or around sex workers regularly and what they told lawmakers.
Two contradictory portraits of prostitution emerged during this week?s parliamentary hearings. One portrayed victims of abuse in need, the other one showed empowered women with a choice.
ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Street Crimes unit in Geo-policing District 2 does another undercover Prostitution sting leading to the arrests of seven women, three for Prostitution. The other arrests were for 'nuisance' offenses such as 'Soliciting Rides on Roadway.' A list of the arrests are below along with the pictures of the woman charged with Prostitution. Cynthia K. Saack, 42 years old ...