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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Undercover prostitution sting nabs 10 'Johns'
WYFF News 4 Investigates went undercover with Greer Police to see what's being done to nab the people who solicit prostitution, also known as 'Johns.' The prostitution sting, which was conducted on a Thursday afternoon, only focused on arresting 'Johns ...
Undercover prostitution sting nets 10 in Greer
Woman caught in Naperville prostitution sweep sentenced
The last of five people arrested in Naperville two years ago during an FBI-coordinated effort targeting child prostitution has been convicted in that case. Melissa S. Ronczkowski, 25, of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court in ...
8 cited, arrested in Reno prostitution sting
Reno Gazette Journal
Eight men were cited or arrested in a Reno police prostitution sting last night with one man found allegedly masturbating in his car while requesting a price for sex, Reno police said. The operation lasted about five hours and was conducted with an ...
Prostitution sting leads to 13 arrests in Paducah
Prostitution sting in best interest of community
KY man arrested during prostitution sting taken back to jail on other charge
13 Prostitution Related Arrests
Often times the prostitution is coupled with other illegal offenses. Recently, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department investigated a robbery that was in relation to prostitution. Nationwide, online prostitution sites have been a tool used by robbers ...
Sheriff: 13 prostitution related arrests made in McCracken County
Arrests made in New London prostitution crackdown
He says some of the women also flag down cars promoting prostitution. A quality of life police are hoping to improve on Blackhall and Truman streets. Joe Ortiz who lives in the area says, ?I seen a lot of different people in the neighborhood, I mean I ...
3 arrested in online prostitution sting
An online prostitution sting using ads on Craigslist and Backpage culminated in the arrests of three women. The sting, conducted Tuesday, focused on the ads for such services that are posted on those two websites, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer ...
New York Magazine
Black Women Accused of Being Prostitutes at Standard Hotel; Free Dinner and ...
New York Magazine
Shocked, she asked the security guard if he was accusing them of prostitution. "Don't act stupid with me, you know what you were doing," Washington recalls the guard saying. "Dude, I'm a lawyer and these women are educators," she said in reply. "Why ...
Three Black Women Say They Were Accused Of Soliciting Prostitution At ...
Three Black Women Wrongly Accused of Prostitution at Standard Hotel
Trendy NYC Hotel Confuses 3 Black Women Out for Drinks at the Bar for ...
Are women turning to Prostitution to Pay for College?
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (blog)
The website advertises itself as promoting ?mutually beneficial relationships? between ?sugar daddies? and beautiful, young, well-educated women called ?sugar babies.? I think most people would read this as being prostitution or at least high-class ...
2 arrested in alleged human trafficking, prostitution ring
The arrests come after a 17-year-old girl, who lives at an Arlington group home, said the men forced her into prostitution after they allegedly kidnapped her from Boston on Aug. 19. The girl was eventually able to call an official at her group home and ...
Two Arrested in Human Trafficking Case
Second Rhode Island man arrested in human trafficking of Arlington teen
Prosecutors: New Brunswick couple employed prostitutes to work at brothels in NJ
NEWARK ? A New Brunswick couple was arrested today for operating a chain of brothels across New Jersey that employed unauthorized immigrants as prostitutes, federal prosecutors say. Juan Fredy Hernandez-Zozaya, 36, and his wife, Elizabeth Rojas ...
Lara Michelle: I Became Addicted To Money As A Dominatrix And Could Have Ended Up Like Alix Tichelman
With Canada's proposed prostitution legislation expected to return to the House of Commons in the fall sitting, a panel at the University of Regina weighed in Thursday on the pros and cons of Bill C-36.
Calling it ?a hub of prostitution, assaults, robberies and narcotics,? Merced County prosecutors on Friday filed a formal complaint against the owners of a Merced motel.
The last of five people arrested in west suburban Naperville two years ago during an FBI-coordinated effort targeting child prostitution has been convicted in that case.
WYFF News 4 Investigates goes undercover to see what officials are doing to arrest people who solicit prostitution.
Polk County Sheriff?s Office detectives conducted a four day prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrests of 80 people
PADUCAH -- Thirteen people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into prostitution in western Kentucky.
There has been a 600% increase in prostitution-related crime. D C Thomson Plain-clothes police officers in Dundee have led a targeted campaign against city prostitutes.
Investigators learned late Friday, that one of the suspects that was arrested this week during a prostitution sting operation, was out on bond in Hickman County Kentucky on charges of rape of a minor.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) ? Police in western Kentucky have used an online ad to arrest a dozen men charged with soliciting a prostitute at a hotel. Twelve men were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday for solicitation of prostitution. Two of them face an additional charge of possession of marijuana. One woman was charged with prostitution. The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1mmyGdy) reports the McCracken ...
Taiwanese authorities said Wednesday they busted a prostitution ring exploiting young Chinese women that was estimated to have earned at least Tw$100 million ($3.33 million) in one year. Police arrested 18 suspects, including eight Chinese women and their pimps and chauffers during raids near Taipei late Tuesday and early Wednesday, said the National Immigration Agency. The ring allegedly touted ...