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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The Fiscal Times
Officials May Have Stonewalled DEA Prostitution Probe
The Fiscal Times
The federal watchdog who reported the now infamous prostitution scandal at the Drug Enforcement Agency is accusing officials of stonewalling the investigation. The probe released Thursday by the Department of Justice's Inspector General, alleges that ...
What Is It With Federal Officers Soliciting Prostitutes and Having Sex Parties?
Report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations, other behaviors by agents
'Pretty Woman' at 25, seen by woman once involved in prostitution
The 25th anniversary of "Pretty Woman" marked 25 years in which I had never seen it. When the movie first came out, the premise sounded so repugnant that I couldn't bring myself to watch it. A rom-com about prostitution! A john as knight in shining armor!
'Pretty Woman' at 25, observed by woman when involved in prostitution
Silly new hoopla more than old hooker flick
'Pretty Woman' Turns 25
Power Line (blog)
Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution?
Power Line (blog)
But let's take this prophecy of runaway prostitution as a typical example of the hysteria that surrounds global warming. Does such extremism make any sense whatsoever? Amid the hoopla, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that global warming theory ...
DEA, Secret Service sex scandals shine light on scope of prostitution industry ...
A shocking report released Thursday by a federal watchdog group that has cast a glaring light on the misbehavior of U.S. federal agents in Colombia has also shed light on the pervasive culture of the sex tourism and prostitution in the South American ...
Police charge man, three women in Susquehanna Twp. prostitution sting
Robert Field, of St. Clair; Love Matiyna, of Wilmington, Delaware; and Brendelle Dotson and Christina Albino, each of Harrisburg, were arrested on prostitution-related charges on Thursday after they each agreed to meet with the undercover officers at a ...
4 arrested in Susquehanna Township prostitution bust
In north metro, prostitution investigations increasingly target profiteers - Minneapolis Star Tribune
In north metro, prostitution investigations increasingly target profiteers
Minneapolis Star Tribune
For almost a year, Anoka County detectives staked out a massage parlor suspected of prostitution in a nondescript strip mall in Ramsey. They tracked the suspected prostitutes, the owner and the manager, linked the business to an apartment where the sex ...
Police: Ark. woman forced teen into prostitution via pimp named ?Allstar?
FAYETTTEVILLE, Ark. ? Authorities in Arkansas say that a woman faces prostitution and child pornography charges after she allegedly introduced a 14-year-old girl to prostitution through a pimp named ?Allstar? and filming the teen having sex with an ...
Woman held in teen's assault
Woman arrested for prostituting 14-year-old, filming child pornography
Drug, prostitution investigation leads to arrest of 19 in Vancouver
They came after in an investigation into possible drug trafficking, drug use, prostitution and stolen property activities. Police focused on an eight-unit apartment complex and adjoining home. They say their investigation revealed a constant stream of ...
20 arrests in Vancouver 8-unit apartment complex
19 people arrested after 3-month investigation in Vancouver
Nearly 20 held after raids at Vancouver apartment complex, house
11 arrested during prostitution sting in Mobile
"Prostitution is a crime that adversely affects communities by victimizing women, children and families. Let these arrests be a message to those who engage in prostitution that law enforcement continues its commitment to eradicate this crime throughout ...
Kitsap prostitution bust: 7 men arrested, one in Navy uniform
Kitsap prostitution bust: 7 men arrested, one in Navy uniform »Play Video A man in a Navy camouflage uniform is arrested during the prostitution operation at a Port Orchard motel. Story Photos. Photos » · Kitsap prostitution operation · Kitsap ...
7 men arrested in prostitution sting operation
KCSO detectives arrest seven in prostitution emphasis in Port Orchard
3 military men arrested in prostitution sting near Bremerton, 1 in uniform
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
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FAYETTTEVILLE, Ark. ? Authorities in Arkansas say that a woman faces prostitution and child pornography charges after she allegedly introduced a 14-year-old girl to prostitution through a pimp named ?Allstar? and filming the teen having sex with an adult male. According to KSFM-TV, Jessyca Hoskins, 26, of Fayetteville was charged with introducing a minor to [?]
The 25th anniversary of "Pretty Woman" marked 25 years in which I had never seen it.
Authorities in Spokane are cracking down on prostitution and investigators there say people involved with that crime are heading to Montana.
DEA, Secret Service sex scandals shine light on scope of prostitution industry in Colombia - DEA ?sex parties? report ...
A shocking report released Thursday by a federal watchdog group that has cast a glaring light on the misbehavior of U.S. federal agents in Colombia has also shed light on the pervasive culture of the sex tourism and prostitution in the South American country.
The details of a Fort Hood, Texas, prostitution ring ? involving US soldiers recruiting cash-strapped female privates who were struggling to keep their young children in diapers ? came to light this week with the court-martial of the ring?s coordinator. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen could have been facing 33 years for an assortment charges including assault and battery, conspiracy to patronize ...
The probe released Thursday by the Department of Justice?s Inspector General, alleges that DEA agents had ?sex parties? with prostitutes who were paid for by drug cartels abroad. Though it wasn?t in the report, some unnamed officials hinted that the parties occurred in Columbia where Secret Service agents were also accused of hiring prostitutes in 2010. ?The OIG?s ability to conduct this review ...
Instead of targeting workers, they now seek ?the bigger fish.?
Ali Al-Yousuf, UCO student, who is charged with aiding and abetting prostitution and maintaining a house of prostitution, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon.The charges stem from an investigation that took place in January 2015. Undercover agents busted several alleged pimps, human traffickers, and prostitutes in a sting operation.1/14/15 Related Story: UCO Student Arrested On Prostitution ...
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Should prostitution be legal? Dennis Hof says it's vital for the industry to be legalized. Hof, author of The Art of the Pimp and owner of 40% of the legal brothels in North America, compared the prostitution market to the liquor market. Think about the Prohibition era, he said. It wasn't the liquor companies and breweries making the money, it was the gangsters. Once the ...
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ? In a story March 11 about a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, The Associated Press reported erroneously that prosecutors said a master sergeant planned to but did not have sex with a female soldier. Prosecutors say they believe Master Sgt. Brad Grimes did have sex with her.