Gary Griffith

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith 

POLICE Commissioner Gary Griffith is standing by his initial statement that persons found yesterday at the Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) Rehabilitation Centre were victims of human trafficking and “modern-day slavery”.


Three persons are seen in cages at the Transformed Rehabilitation Life Ministry Centre, where 69 persons were found at the facility in Arouca last night, during a police exercise.

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Speaking to the Express via telephone hours after a police raid on the Arouca facility, Griffith said the public must expand its understanding of human trafficking, which he said was not only defined by women or persons being kidnapped and sold into prostitution.

The Commissioner said the term may also be at work wherever persons are being held against their will, without remuneration but to the benefit of other individuals.


MINISTER in the Ministry of the Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds was accused of being a racist by United National Congress (UNC) members yesterday. Hinds was at the time suggesting the UNC was concentrating its development projects in South/Central Trinidad.

Lower PAYE (pay as you earn) and corporation tax. No Revenue Authority. These were some of the campaign promises made by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she delivered her budget reply in the House of Representatives ­yesterday.

MONDAY, December 2 is the date of the local government election. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement via press release at 11.47 a.m. yesterday. At the time, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was delivering her budget reply.

President Paula-Mae Weekes has confirmed that it is the decree of the Office of the President (OTP) to not allow unmarried persons, such as diplomats and parliamentarians, to attend presidential events.

THE search for five murder accused, all under the age of 20, who escaped from the Youth Training Centre (YTC), Arouca, continued yesterday without success.