Police announced that they were rescued 65 men and women from the Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) Rehabilitation Center in Aruba, Trinidad, during a sting operation early this week. The victims were ranked in their 60s and most of them were found in cages and some handcuffs. Local police described the conditions as “slavery” in the largest trafficking ring in the country.
Some of them say they have been tortured. It is such a bigger picture with profit being made out of this. Some believe family members deliberately have their loved ones there and have been extracting the profits from the families. Human trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked throughout the world, including in the US
A member of the ministry speaking on condition of anonymity to the T & T Guardian denied that the people at the facility were being trafficked and noted that the center is simply a rehabilitation for people who want to come out of drug addiction.
It is not human trafficking. It is a rehab so the pastor has the place gated to prevent them from running away. These people 's parents sign contracts and agree. They also view the places. … So why would they do it? Nobody there is in chains, etc., they are lying. God hear me it is a lie, “the ministry member said.
In the days following, it was still unclear how the victims were being used for profit, but officers said the” barbaric “scene they encountered at the ministry The victims were being tortured.
Persons are seen in cages, handcuffed … persons were being tortured. We are at the forefront of modern day slavery, “said officer Griffith.
At least six people have already been arrested in connection with the Gospel and expert training serving the elderly and the rest of the world by providing a safe and healthy life for the elderly. “
The ministry was founded 19 years ago by pastor and ex-convict, Glen Awong, who said he was
Despite adverse conditions and lack of resources, Glen Ministered to the spiritual needs of the prisoners God's redeeming and restoration powers, which can change the 'worst' individual and remove the stains left behind a life without God, “the ministry said.
Awong's work in the prison with other inmates attracted the attention of prison officials and it earned him early release from prison for good behavior.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, and we ask them to come back to their homes. If you know any new developments on the story, share in the comments.