What is Human Trafficking? 

What human trafficking is, and isn’t

Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world.  Please scroll down to learn more about what constitutes the crime of trafficking. We hope this information is useful to you. Please note that the staff of the National Hotline is focused on assisting victims and survivors and is not available to answer more general questions about their work or about human trafficking generally for research or other purposes.

Force, fraud, or coercion

U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against his or her will. The one exception involves minors and commercial sex. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud or coercion.


The Action-Means-Purpose (AMP) Model can be helpful in understanding the federal law. Human trafficking occurs when a perpetrator, often referred to as a trafficker, takes an Action, and then employs the Means of force, fraud or coercion for the Purpose of compelling the victim to provide commercial sex acts or labor or services. At a minimum, one element from each column must be present to establish a potential situation of human trafficking.

How many people are trafficked in the U.S. every year?

In 2017, Polaris worked on 8,759 cases of human trafficking reported to the Polaris-operated National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline. These cases involved 10,615 individual victims; nearly 5,000 potential traffickers and 1,698 trafficking businesses. Human trafficking is notoriously underreported. Shocking as these numbers are, they are likely only a tiny fraction of the actual problem.

Who is vulnerable?

Human trafficking can happen to anyone but some people are more vulnerable than others. Significant risk factors include recent migration or relocation, substance use, mental health concerns, involvement with the children welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth. Often, traffickers identify and leverage their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency. 

Who are the traffickers?

Perpetrators of human trafficking span all racial, ethnic, and gender demographics and are as diverse as survivors. Some use their privilege, wealth, and power as a means of control while others experience the same socio-economic oppression as their victims. They include individuals, business owners, members of a gang or network, parents or family members of victims, intimate partners, owners of farms or restaurants, and powerful corporate executives and government representatives.   

How do traffickers control victims?

Traffickers employ a variety of control tactics, the most common include physical and emotional abuse and threats, isolation from friends and family, and economic abuse. They make promises aimed at addressing the needs of their target in order to impose control. As a result, victims become trapped and fear leaving for myriad reasons, including psychological trauma, shame, emotional attachment, or physical threats to themselves or their family.

Who are the survivors?

Victims and survivors of human trafficking represent every race and ethnicity but some forms of trafficking are more likely to affect specific ethnic groups.    


Report Trafficking


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

Human trafficking is a situation in which an individual is compelled to work or engage in commercial sex through the use of force, fraud or coercion. If the individual is under the age of 18 and engaging in commercial sex they are experiencing regardless if force, fraud, or coercion is also taking place.

If you believe you may have information about a  trafficking situation:

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. 

Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733.

Chat the National Human Trafficking Hotline via

Submit a tip online through the anonymous online reporting form below. However, please note that if the situation is urgent or occurred within the last 24 hours we would encourage you to call, text or chat.

The information you provide will be reviewed by the National Hotline. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available via phone call only. Learn more about the Hotline's approach and policies regarding reporting trafficking situations to law enforcement.

Report missing children or child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678) or through their Cybertipline.


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With complete confidence in God's providential mercy, Respect Life Ministry offers programs in Pastoral Care, Education, and Public Policy & Legislative Change to bring about a conversion of heart and mind for a true appreciation of God's gift of life from conception to natural death.

Respect Life Ministry at Sacred Heart is also involved in many areas including: Spring and Fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigils; a NEW Gabriel Project for pregnant women in crisis situations; the Rachel Project to care for women who have suffered an abortion; Death Row prayer vigils; Human Trafficking; Domestic Violence; End of Life Issues and more. See details below.

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GABRIEL PROJECT—a Diocesan program that serves women with unexpected, crisis pregnancies. The Gabriel Project  is a part of Sacred Heart 's Respect Life Ministry.

The Gabriel Project is a personal, individualized source of help in that each expectant mom who chooses LIFE FOR HER CHILD will be introduced to a trained GABRIEL ANGEL who will come alongside her and mentor her throughout the pregnancy and delivery, and not only sees that she is connected to all the medical, social & educational programs provided in our community, but also becomes her friend, praying for her, inviting her to become a part of our Sacred Heart family. 

Gabriel Angel

Each GABRIEL ANGEL is trained before being assigned to a mom, and each mom will be interviewed prior to meeting her ANGEL, so the individual gifts of the ANGEL and the individual needs of the mother can be matched as closely as possible. ANGELS are committed to attending monthly support meetings where we come together to pray for these women and assist each other in obtaining the support each one needs. Obviously, there will be different levels of need and the GABRIEL ANGELS will have different levels of time and talent to offer.  So, it may mean just an invitation to Mass and a few phone calls or meetings, or the commitment may require more.  

The entire Parish will be a resource, with the possibility of including our St. Vincent DePaul Ministry, the Knights of Columbus or Catholic Daughters---so, as a GABRIEL ANGEL, you will not be TOTALLY responsible for the mom you are assisting. As a matter of fact, Compassion United, which many of you might recognize if you Volunteer at Conroe House of Prayer, has become the proud recipient of a wonderful, 5,000  sq. ft. home off of Sawdust Road which is being set up as a Maternity Home, the only one in Montgomery County, & with assistance from Sacred Heart and many other churches in the area, it will have its grand opening on January 24th! Named JOY HOUSE, this amazing project will provide moms in a crisis not only a safe place to live and mentoring by a Gabriel Angel, but counseling, career training, nutrition & infant care classes, all provided by other volunteers from Compassion United. 

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a GABRIEL ANGEL, please call the Church Office & let them know you'd like to become an ANGEL.



Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number: 888-456-HOPE(-4673) or visit may visit . . 


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Congratulations to all the contestants and their families and thanks to everyone who helped put on the amazing 6th annual Montgomery County Right to Life Student Oratory contest. The winner of first prize and $ 1000 and the chance to compete in the Texas Right to Life state finals was homeschooler Taylor Baumann. Second place and $500 went to homeschooler Sean Brenon and third place and $250 to Kendall Rosato from Tomball High School. There were a total of 12 contestants from Montgomery County and as far away as Sugarland. Homeschoolers were well represented as was Tomball High, Covenant Christian School, Magnolia West and Strake Jesuit College Prep.

Judges were Mr. Larry Foerster, Judge Kathy Hamilton, Judge Mike Seiler, Ms. Debbie Garcia, Mr. Ryan Janise and Mr. John Siedhoff.


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