Frequently Asked Questions

What is sex trafficking?

Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age, (22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a)) In short, sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. To learn more, please visit The Issue Page page.

What is the meaning behind The Covering House logo?

Our logo is inspired by The Underground Railroad log cabin quilt pattern which served as a secret message of safety during those times. Quilts bearing the log cabin motif were hung in windows to indicate a Safe Home for those seeking refuge.

What is the magnitude of sex trafficking?

While sex trafficking is commonly envisioned in foreign locations, it also occurs in the US. The FBI estimates that there are up to 300,000 child prostitutes in the US, a figure that is purportedly growing. At least 75% of minors exploited through prostitution are controlled by pimps or traffickers according to the US Department of Justice. Locally, sex trafficking in the St. Louis area has been reported in numerous articles, highlighting how the St. Louis and Metro East regions are uniquely susceptible to sex trafficking. To learn more, please visit The Issue page.

Where is long-term therapeutic home located?

The location of our long-term therapeutic home will remain confidential due to the safety of our staff and clients.

Can I visit or volunteer at the safe home?

We do not accommodate visits to our long-term therapeutic home in order to maintain the privacy and dignity of the girls that are living there. We are dedicated to restoration of the survivors of sexual exploitation in our home. Short-term volunteers can be harmful if children form attachments to volunteers who leave soon thereafter. Our highly trained staff commit to working closely with the girls over a long period of which is most effective in restoration. However, please visit our Volunteer Page for a list of ways to get involved.

Where do the girls come from who enter the safe home?

The Covering House has built relationships with organizations that rescue and/or receive sexually exploited girls into their immediate care. These organizations then place those girls in our out-client services and long-term therapeutic home.

What is your administrative/programmatic cost ratio?

This information can be found by visiting our Financial Information page.

Can I volunteer with The Covering House?

We appreciate your desire to help. Please see our Volunteer Page for current opportunities.

What’s your “success rate” of restoring girls’ lives?

The Covering House has developed benchmarks we look to in considering our progress. A couple of these factors include the number of girls in our care and the number of girls who do not return to exploitative situations. More importantly, we aim to provide comprehensive restoration which is sometimes difficult to measure.