Pastor Glen Awong is among three people detained following what police described as the “rescue” of 69 people from Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) in Arouca yesterday.

The police raid began shortly before daybreak when Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith in an interview described the case as “one of the biggest situations pertaining to human trafficking throughout the country”.

In a subsequent release, the commissioner would go on to further describe the case as one of a “virtual 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.

However, as the day progressed, and details became more available, questions were raised as to how apt these descriptions were.

The operations began about 12.15 a.m., when Griffith, alongside Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations Jayson Forde, as well as members of the T&T Police Service(TTPS)’s Victim and Witness Support Unit, the Counter Trafficking Unit, the Fraud Squad, and the Northern Division CID, arrived at the scene.


IS Barry Padarath in or out?

The People’s National Movement (PNM) is considering mounting a legal challenge to the candidacy of Barry Padarath, the United National Congress (UNC) Princes Town candidate for the 2020 general election.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday expressed satisfaction with the findings of the pre-election 2020 poll conducted by Nigel Henry which showed the People’s National Movement (PNM) five per cent ahead of its main rival, the United National Congress (UNC).

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her “minions” in the United National Congress (UNC) have now “stepped over the line” by attacking the father and brother of National Security Minister Stuart Young.

Young said so yesterday at a news conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port of Spain.

Covid-19 has caused a massive shift in what’s uppermost in the minds of citizens, with the pandemic now trumping crime as the major worry.

“Concern over the coronavirus pandemic has overtaken concern over crime, which had previously polled as the most pressing national issue for almost a decade.

AS the number of Covid-19 cases continues to climb daily in Trinidad and Tobago, a staff member and a child at the St Jude’s School for Girls have tested positive for the virus, while the Montrose Government Primary School has been ordered closed after a pupil was exposed to a contact of a Covid-19 case.