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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Bellevue doctor suspected of promoting prostitution - The Seattle Times


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A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into an Eastside anesthesiologist who was making large cash bank deposits has turned up an international prostitution ring involving the doctor and his girlfriend, according to federal court documents.

Indiana sheriff indicted in prostitution probe - Indianapolis Star


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The indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, alleges that Rodden provided the unnamed prostitute ?with law enforcement credentials and an official deputy's badge of the Clark County Sheriff's Department? so the prostitute could obtain a government ...
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ST. LOUIS ? A violent carjacking in St. Louis over the weekend may be linked to prostitution. Police say the 38-year-old victim was trying to solicit a prostitute around 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Bingham in south St. Louis when he was attacked by three ...

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Solicitation of prostitution in a Class B misdemeanor for first-time offenders. Spokeswoman Roxanne Olivarri said Lucero has been placed on administrative leave, per the city's process for when an employee is arrested. ?After a review of the facts and ...

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Chicago aims to change view on prostitution
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Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign a new law on sex trafficking next month, which is another victory for advocates who've been battling to change the way people look at prostitution. ?People seem to think that the women are the problem, the problem ...

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Man nabbed in Naperville prostitution ring sentenced - Naperville Sun


Man nabbed in Naperville prostitution ring sentenced
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The fourth of six people who were arrested two years ago in an anti-prostitution effort conducted by Naperville police has been sentenced for his role in that matter. Chucky L. Laster, 32, of Rockford, initially was charged with a misdemeanor count of ...

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Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco?s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years ? and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan. Sex workers argue that decriminalizing prostitution would be the best way to fight trafficking by ending the black market, and giving women the ability to report crimes against them.

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