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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Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police
Hawaii legislators in both the House and Senate agree that it's time to end an exemption that allows police officers to legally have sex with prostitutes. A bill cracking down on prostitution originally would have gotten rid of the exemption but then ...
Hawaii police stripped of legal right to have sex with prostitutes
'Johns' publicly shamed in tactic to curb prostitution
KTVU San Francisco
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The Elite Prostitutes of 18th-century Paris?and the Detectives Who Watched ...
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King County Sheriff responds to prostitution probe
Three veteran King County deputies were placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after investigators began looking into a prostitution allegation. The investigation is focused on a 49-year-old deputy, who is a member of the SWAT team and assigned to ...
King County sheriff's deputy under investigation in prostitution probe
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Report: King County deputy investigated over prostitution allegation
Documents show how Winston-Salem prostitution ring worked
Greensboro News & Record
The investigators' search of that house was part of their probe of an organized prostitution ring that moved woman and girls in and out of North Carolina, including to brothels in Winston-Salem. Their investigation led to the arrests of 40 people ...
T bus inspector arrested on drug, prostitution charges
A bus inspector for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been suspended after allegedly soliciting prostitution while he was on duty at a Dorchester T stop on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Stephen Dwyer, 60, of Norwood, was ...
Ten men arrested in Montgomery Township prostitution sting
These are the mugshots of 10 men arrested in a prostitution sting in Montgomery Township Monday, April 14, 2014. Clockwise from top left is Louis Caparoni of Lansdale, Daryl Balisa of Lansdale, George Davis Jr. of Philadelphia, Udaya Neellagutta of ...
Kane County Chronicle
St. Charles Massage Parlor Worker Charged With Prostitution
(STMW) ? A west suburban woman working at a massage parlor was arrested on a prostitution charge Thursday. Chang-Li Wang, 47, of St. Charles was charged with misdemeanor counts of prostitution and violation of the massage licensing act, St. Charles ...
Woman charged with prostitution in St. Charles
Officer in prostitution sting sustains broken nose; man charged
A West Side prostitution sting took a violent turn Friday when a man twice punched an undercover Chicago police officer in the face, leaving her with a broken nose. The vice officer was talking to a prospective john in the Lawndale neighborhood late ...
Eight arrested on prostitution charges
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Prostitution sting in Henrietta leads to arrests
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