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Margo St. James Biography

Founder of Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE)
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“There’s such a stigma about the money!… Well, that’s the big taboo: sleeping with men for money. It’s perfectly legal--in this state anyway--for a woman to have sex with anyone she chooses, at any time. But the minute five cents changes hands--then boom! She’s a whore, and she goes to jail. It’s ludicrous.”

Sonoma County Independent, Mar. 5-11, 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, St. James Infirmary, 1999
  • Candidate, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1996
  • Co-Founder, International Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights (ICPR), 1984
  • Co-Founder, National Task Force on Prostitution (NFTP), 1979
  • Founder, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE), 1973
  • Prostitute, 1962-1966
  • Former housekeeper, deck hand, construction worker, private investigator and parking-lot attendant
  • Member, Harvey Milk Democratic Club
  • Attended Lincoln Law School
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?