Transformed Life Ministry

GETTING IN THE BUS: A ‘client’ of the Transformed Life Ministry and Rehabilitation Centre in Arouca enters a police bus outside the institution on Wednesday as members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) look on.

—Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

“All these enslavement, human trafficking and abuse rumours are complete false allegations. The clients were like family to us.” These were the words of Latoya Toppin, who has been a chef at Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) and Rehabilitation Centre, Arouca, for the past six years, and volunteer prior to that for over 15 years.

Speaking about the clients of the centre who police said were “rescued” from a life of abuse on Wednesday, Toppin said, “They get lamb, turkey, corn soup, chicken foot soup, rice, stew chicken, cole slaw, plantain. The vegetarian clients get vege options and they get juice and water with meals. They even get pizza, muffins, fried pies, anything that make them comfortable in their stay.”

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