human trafficking

Captive ‘congregation’

 

“This is like a hor­ror movie,” said a fam­i­ly mem­ber whose rel­a­tive was among 69 peo­ple dis­cov­ered locked in cages at the Trans­formed Life Min­istry Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in on the East­ern Main Road, Arou­ca, yes­ter­day morn­ing dur­ing a raid by po­lice.

“I nev­er knew all this was hap­pen­ing here. I am lost for words. This is worse than bad treat­ment of an­i­mals. Had I known I would have done things dif­fer­ent­ly but I could not deal with my rel­a­tive who is men­tal­ly ill.”

Ramadharsingh on Transformed Life Ministry

Former Minister of The People and Social Development under the People's Partnership Government Dr Glen Ramadharsingh, in strongly condemning the housing of the mentally ill and socially displaced in cages at the Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) in Arouca, has made a startling new revelation about the said organisation.

Speaking with the Guardian Media Ramadharsingh said during his tenure as minister in 2013/2014 concerns were raised as to the methodologies and it was dealt with.

CAGED: Police uncover horror at Arouca church

Sixty-Nine people ranging from the ages of 19 to 70 years have been found locked away in cages at a church located along the Eastern Main Road in Arouca on Wednesday morning.

These people both men and women are believed to be victims of "modern day slavery" and "human trafficking" according to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith who spoke to the Guardian Media Limited's Lead Investigative desk Mark Bassant earlier on Wednesday just outside the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre.

Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking denied bail again

For the fourth time in five months, a Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking has been denied bail. 

Three appeal court judges rejected an application from chang bao wang to reconsider bail for him. 

In the application, Wang claimed that when he was denied bail by the court in July, prosecutors claimed that the preliminary inquiry into the charges would be completed in a month. 

Wang's lawyers claimed that the suggested timeline was erroneous as the preliminary inquiry was prolonged due to language barriers with the accused and the Venezuelan victims. 

In­ter­na­tion­al re­la­tions ex­pert: Rowley should have avoided bait

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley should not have ven­tured in­to a tit-for-tat sit­u­a­tion with the Unit­ed States.

So said for­mer di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions Prof Andy Knight in re­sponse to Row­ley's at­tack last Fri­day on the US State De­part­ment for T&T's rank­ing in their 2019 Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Re­port which placed the coun­try at Tier 2.

Row­ley ac­cused the US of hypocrisy, giv­en their own strug­gles with mi­grants.

Venezuelan women held in Los Iros sex camp

A se­cret agri­cul­tur­al plot in Los Iros, where five Venezue­lan women are be­ing as sex slaves, has been un­cov­ered by vil­lagers who are now call­ing on law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate. Vil­lagers say they have made sev­er­al re­ports to po­lice but the women still have not been res­cued.

Many res­i­dents in the area told Guardian Me­dia they be­lieve al­leged po­lice in­volve­ment in this well or­gan­ised hu­man traf­fick­ing has pre­vent­ed oth­er law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from act­ing.

2 Chinese nationals held in sex ring raid charged

Two of the 15 Chi­nese na­tion­als held in con­nec­tion with a crack­down on hu­man traf­fick­ing and il­le­gal gam­bling ear­li­er this month have been charged.

The an­nounce­ment of the charges against the duo was made as their habeas cor­pus ap­pli­ca­tion chal­leng­ing their pro­longed de­ten­tion came up for hear­ing be­fore Jus­tice Kevin Ram­cha­ran at the Hall of Jus­tice, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day.

The duo, along with a third Chi­nese na­tion­al, was ask­ing the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) to jus­ti­fy their 13-day de­ten­tion.

Cops seize $5m from sex ring raids Leader linked to Asian mafia

An Asian mafia con­nec­tion is fu­elling the mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar world of sex slaves in Trinidad and To­ba­go, in­tel­li­gence sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have re­vealed to Guardian Me­dia.

These star­tling de­tails be­gan to emerge as po­lice gath­ered more in­for­ma­tion af­ter crack­ing what they be­lieve was a ma­jor sex and drug ring op­er­at­ing in West­ern Trinidad on Wednes­day.

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