Arouca pastor Glen Awong was granted $900,000 bail with surety when he and a female employee appeared before an Arima Magistrate charged with trafficking in persons.

Awong, 63, of Eastern Main Road, Arouca, was charged with kidnapping, trafficking in persons, and false imprisonment, while Indra Jaggernath, 61, of Peters Field, Chaguanas, was also charged with trafficking in persons, when they appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael, in the Arima First Magistrates’ Court, today.

Jaggernath was granted $300,000 bail also with surety. 

The matter was adjourned to Friday, January 10th.

Some 69 Trinidad and Tobago citizens (65 men and four women) were rescued by officers during a sting operation on October 9th, 2019, conducted at a church at Eastern Main Road, Arouca. 

Search warrants were issued pursuant to the Trafficking in Persons Act, after a period of monitoring and investigations.

Investigations were launched into the operations of the church and Awong and Jaggernath surrendered themselves to police earlier this week.

Charges were laid against Awong on Thursday, while Jaggernath was charged today, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard.