Pastor and CEO of Transform Life Ministry Glen Awong was an ex-convict who may have thought that his methods of transforming the lives of street dwellers was right and effective. And several of his staff members have defended the pastor and the facility.
Some described the pastor as a dedicated man who tried his best to better the lives of the elderly, and drug addicts whose families could not afford a long-term type of care. They are denouncing Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s use of the term “modern-day slavery ring” to describe the conditions in which the persons were kept. They are also stating that the residents at the Center were not part of a human trafficking ring, since the addicts’ families knew where they were being held and all have been accounted for.
Awong and five others were arrested and detained yesterday morning following a sting operation which revealed that 69 persons were being held on TLM’s compound, allegedly, against their will.