Fiction has long been used to
help us better understand our world.
In her powerful debut novel, Searching for Pilar, Patricia Hunt Holmes offers readers a thrilling tale that explores what happens when innocent people get caught in the nefarious web of sex trafficking.
Patricia, a successful attorney, experienced a painful epiphany after reading a news story years ago: her hometown of Houston, TX is one of the largest hubs for sex trafficking in the world. This shocking revelation compelled her to learn more about the real-life issue affecting her community and then channel that into a narrative that would not only entertain, but also create awareness and spark action.
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About the Book
Pilar, an innocent young wife and mother, is abducted during a fake job interview in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Can she survive the horrors of a world—one which many good Americans don’t see or ignore—long enough for her brother Diego to find her?
Searching for Pilar breaks open the secretive and dangerous world of sex trafficking, while exploring human nature and our connections to each another. Diego’s guilt transforms him from a rudderless youth into a man of purpose, and courage. While he searches, Pilar finds a strength that could save herself and a young girl who needs her. The themes of family, love, faith and the law intertwine in this action-packed tale of the Bayou City.
Praise for Searching for Pilar
“Patricia Holmes fictionalizes the heartbreaking reality of cross-border sex trafficking in her novel, Searching for Pilar. This cautionary tale should be required reading for high school classes to foster awareness, understanding, and ultimately solutions to this horrific epidemic.””
Joanne F. PhillipsJoanne F. Phillips, Author, Revenge of the Cube Dweller
“In Searching for Pilar Patricia Hunt Holmes makes us aware of the terrible nature of sex trafficking in the context of a fast-paced, exciting Houston story that moves from affluence and glitz to barrio cantinas and the federal courthouse. The charitable, can-do nature of Houston is reflected in the wide cast of residents who help a young man on an extremely dangerous mission to find his kidnapped sister. This book will be an added weapon in our fight against sex trafficking.”
Sylvester TurnerSylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
About the Cause
It is no secret that human trafficking is a global issue, affecting an estimated 21 million people around the world. Less widely known perhaps is its pervasiveness in communities across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice and Global Slavery Index, approximately 75,000 people in the U.S. are either victims of trafficking or trafficked into the country every year.
Patricia Hunt Holmes is committed to fostering in her fellow Houstonians – and people around the country – a more compassionate view of victims of sex trafficking. With her background in law, she understands that this complicated issue is often misunderstood, but that change can only come from awareness, a willingness to see things from a new perspective, and the commitment to joining in the fight against sex trafficking.
If you’re interested in getting involved in your community to help with anti-human trafficking efforts, visit Polaris Project to learn more. To get involved with anti-human trafficking efforts in Houston, learn more here.