A pastor was among several persons detained Wednesday after a sting operation by cops found 69 people being held at a facility in Arouca described as a church, Trinidad and Tobago media say.
Those who were rescued are said to range in ages from 19 to 70.
“We have now cracked what is the biggest situation pertaining to human trafficking in this country,” Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was quoted as saying.
Griffith said the situation was ‘barbaric’.
“Persons are seen in cages, handcuffed…persons were being tortured. We saw tasers and batons…and again this is a situation of virtual modern day slavery,” the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian quoted the Police Chief, who led the operation, as saying.
He said some of the captives had been held for “a few years”.
The Special Operation Response Team (SORT) swooped down on the church close to midnight Tuesday.
TV 6 said that Taser guns and batons were seized.
All 69 men and women rescued by the police are said to be citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
Police are continuing their investigations.