What we do


U. S. federal law defines victims of human trafficking as “children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of ‘labor or service,’ such as domestic workers held in a home or farm workers forced to labor against their will.”

Although there has been considerable effort to teach people about human trafficking in St. Louis County, there has been little awareness effort made in St. Charles County. We learned from working with St. Louis County anti-trafficking agencies that the citizens of St. Charles County do not believe that trafficking is happening in their municipalities nor do they know what they can do to combat this modern day form of slavery.

We want to change this situation. Our goal is to break the chains of modern day slavery. For the first time, SCCAT will educate the people who live, work, and go to school in St. Charles County about the extent of human trafficking in their communities. We will partner with schools, religious groups, businesses, and community-based organizations to get the word out.

Mission Statement: The St. Charles Outreach Coalition Against Human Trafficking is committed to raising awareness about human trafficking by providing information, networking opportunities, and community resources.

RESOURCES

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (1 (888) 373-7888) can help you determine if you have encountered victims of human trafficking, identify local resources available to help victims, and coordinate with local social service organizations to assist victims so they can begin the process of restoring their lives.

 

HiStory

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, some members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Ballwin-Chesterfield branch, and Amanda Colegrove, Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE), started a new group, St. Charles Coalition Against Human Trafficking, several years ago. The group incorporated in 2014 and is now an official non-profit organization that meets all the requirements specified by the State of Missouri for a reputable non-profit organization. The SCCAT Bakhita Center is located at 206 North Main Street in O’Fallon, MO, in a former chicken coop that was converted to an art studio and is now the SCCAT office and training center.