The Issue

The Facts

Thank you for your interest in learning about the devastating reality of domestic sex-trafficking. The issue of sex-trafficking in the United States is vast, yet the majority of individuals are unaware of its prevalence. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, sex-trafficking is defined as a “commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” Although slavery was abolished nearly 150 years ago, it is still alive and thriving today, and American children are now among the most vulnerable. Please join the fight against domestic sex-trafficking by educating yourself and community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sex trafficking?

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting 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)

What is the story 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?

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. There have been numerous articles highlighting how the St. Louis and Metro East regions are uniquely susceptible to sex trafficking.

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 minors that are living there, and to avoid short-term attachments. Our highly trained staff commit to working closely with the girls over a long period, of which is most effective in restoration. Please visit our Volunteer Page for other 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 on the financial breakdown page.
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Can I volunteer with The Covering House?

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