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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Massage parlor busted for prostitution
Wallis, of Dayton, was charged with felony promoting prostitution, the release states. "We executed search warrants in 2013 at this same address for prostitution, and arrests were made then as well," said Sgt. Mike Hackney, a Butler County narcotics ...
Asian Spa: Butler County massage parlor raided over suspected prostitution ring
Woman arrested in Fairfield Township spa prostitution raid
Woman arrested in Fairfield Twp. massage parlor raid
Prostitution in India
Bharati Dey, president of the All India Network of Sex Workers, argues that prostitution is a matter of choice, and that sex workers should have rights like anyone else. The industry has grown as women, notably ill-educated rural migrants, enter India ...
Access North Georgia
Police: High-end prostitution ring busted in Dunwoody
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Dunwoody police said Friday they have busted a prostitution ring masquerading as high-end modeling outfits where clients paid $300 or more an hour. Police have charged the owners and operators of Atlanta Fantasies and Ashley's of Atlanta with human ...
Two accused of operating prostitution ring under escort service facade
Prostitution operation busted in Dunwoody
Police make arrests in Dunwoody prostitution ring
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Two women busted on prostitution charges at Secaucus hotel
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
SECAUCUS ? Two women were busted on prostitution charges yesterday at a Secaucus hotel, according to police. Sherry Becker, 51, of Jersey City, and Kia Morris, 28, of Hillside, were charged with engaging in prostitution after an undercover officer ...
The US military's long, uncomfortable history with prostitution gets new attention - Washington Post
The US military's long, uncomfortable history with prostitution gets new attention
A group of women in South Korea sued their own government in June, alleging that it trained them to serve as ?patriots? or ?civilian diplomats? in the 1960s and 1970s. Their real job: work as prostitutes near American military bases. The women were ...
US General Cracks Down on South Korean 'Juicy Bars' Linked to Human ...
USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'
Slate Magazine (blog)
Investigator of Secret Service prostitution scandal also linked to prostitution
An official at the Department of Homeland Security who investigated the Secret Service's prostitution scandal in 2012 resigned in August after allegedly being questioned about whether he had hired a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported ...
Report: Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident
Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns
Secret Service Investigator Quits Over Prostitution Incident: Report
Anchorage man charged with helping his wife run Alaska-wide prostitution ring
Quinn Batts' role in the business was to find a residence for the prostitution to take place, communicate with potential Johns, collect customers' money and ?otherwise facilitating the ongoing enterprise,? according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch ...
Mayo: Should hospital commissioner step down after prostitution reports?
Sun Sentinel (blog)
Amid news reports that he resigned his high-ranking federal job in August after being implicated in a prostitution incident, David Nieland remains a commissioner with the North Broward Hospital District, the government taxing authority that oversees ...
NY Times story on disgraced prostitution prober raises journalistic questions
Report: Prostitution investigator tied to prostitute
Washington Post Secret Service Reporting Relied On Investigator Tied To ...
Police say men advertised prostitution business on website
POLICE SAY THE SUSPECTS WERE USING AN INTERNET WEBSITE TO ADVERTISE THEIR PROSTITUTION BUSINESS. AND WHILE THE INVESTIGATION STARTED ON THE SEACOAST, AUTHORITIES SAY THE OPERATION WAS CONSTANTLY ON ...
Men charged with human trafficking in prostitution investigation
Man Accused of Human Trafficking
NBC 6 South Florida
South Florida Mother Forced Teen Daughter Into Prostitution: Police
NBC 6 South Florida
?The concept that a mother could engage her 12-year-old daughter into the world of drugs, addiction, and prostitution, it's just unfathomable,? said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle. The girl said she had recently moved in with ...
Miami mother accused of forcing daughter into prostitution
Suzanne Calana forces teen daughter into prostitution, police say
Suzanne Bobbie Calana 'forced her teenage daughter into prostitution'
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The latest push to stop prostitution in the military is in South Korea, where the top U.S. commander has forbidden troops from paying for time with women in 'juicy bars.'
Prostitution might be illegal in Frederick after Tuesday night. It's already illegal in the State of Colorado, but the town does not currently have an ordinance banning the practice.
New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Legalizing prostitution will lead to commodification of women's bodies and encourage organized crime to tighten its hold over the sector, a leading social activist working against trafficking said here Thursday.
Dunwoody police said Friday they have busted a prostitution ring masquerading as high-end modeling outfits where clients paid $300 or more an hour.
David Nieland, who helped draw attention to what he said were shortcomings in the government's probe of a Secret Service prostitution scandal, resigned from his job at the Department of Homeland Security inspector general on Aug. 9, months after he was caught up police prostitution sting.
The DHS official left the agency after allegedly being questioned about whether he hired a prostitute in Fla.
A woman was arrested for prostitution during a raid at Asian Spa in Fairfield Township Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported. Investigator David Nieland left the government in August after refusing to answer questions about the incident, when he was ...
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department's internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported.
A new report found that David Nieland may have resigned in August after being implicated in an incident also involving prostitution