As her daughter went into pre-labour on Tuesday, the mother of a pregnant Siparia student begged Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to arrest an alleged serial rapist whom she claims destroyed her daughter's life.
In an exclusive interview with Guardian Media on Tuesday, the 41-year-old mother said the teenager was always a well-behaved girl until she was raped by a man from their community in June 2017.
She said the man had been stalking her daughter and making advances but she never took him on.
The Central Bank Governor has estimated that it will cost the state around $620 million dollars a year to support the Venezuelans who have migrated to this country.
Dr Alvin Hilaire said at first he was skeptical about that figure but then said after looking at the impact on Colombia, that 600-odd million-dollar figure seemed plausible.
Colombia has so far taken in almost 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. This has cost that country around 0.4% of its GDP.
Day-after-day, the Ordaz family, who settled in Penal after fleeing Venezuela, go in search of work.
They were among 105 people who were arrested by the police after being found in the forests near Palo Seco last week.
Since they were granted Orders of Supervision notices by the Immigration Division, they have been trying to earn a living.
They sell cake and arepas to earn money to pay a $3,000 rent for a house they occupy at Morne Diablo.
Seventeen of them live in the house.
A teenager who admitted to selling marijuana to maintain his siblings and sick grandmother was fined $1,200 yesterday.
Odel Charles, 19, gave this explanation when he appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with marijuana possession.
His attorney Frank Gittens, told the court the teen’s mother died and his father did not play a role in his life.
He was arrested around 9 pm on Sunday.
More homeless Venezuelans are trickling to Irwin Park facility in Siparia hoping to get free meals, clothing and shelter.
When Guardian Media visited the facility on Monday more than 20 Venezuelans were lounging on cots, and on chairs.
There were enough food and drinks to feed a hundred more people.
Itilda Wharwood from the Siparia Community Association and voluntary translator Jennifer Joan Cowie have been spending their time at the facility ensuring that people do not take advantage of the Venezuelans.
Squatting, squabbles and sex-related problems.
Reports of squatting in Central Trinidad by some Venezuelans and the occupancy of abandoned South houses are among the mixed bag of issues resulting from the influx of migrants to T&T in recent months.
Other issues include certain Claxton Bay-based Venezuelan women being followed home by T&T men after work—and maxi taxis ferrying “arrivals” out of certain La Brea coastal areas.
Saddened by the enslavement of Venezuelan migrants who are only seeking to fill empty stomachs in T&T, recently-installed moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan, says her flock will use their resources to alleviate the migrants’ hunger.
She said it was worrisome to think that police officers were involved in human trafficking of refugees to have them practice modern day slavery.
Seventeen Venezuelans have been caught hiding in an abandoned hotel infested with bats and rats at Chatham South beach.
They were picked up by the T&T Coast Guard after dawn, having been dropped off by a Venezuelan pirogue.
Among the 17 Venezuelans were nine females, one of whom is pregnant, a baby and seven men.
A source said the women were hiding in the abandoned hotel; while some were found in the bushes and on the beach.
The patrolling officers became alerted when they saw a few cars, waiting to pick up the Venezuelans.
Having endured a grueling boat ride from Tucupita to Trinidad and then several days of hiding in the forests of Palo Seco before their arrests, 17 Venezuelans have finally settled into a house at Morne Diablo, Penal.
They have limited food, a trickle of water and no medicine for their sick children.
Yet to them Trinidad is like a paradise. Compared to their homeland, there is no shortage of food here. The family gave Guardian Media an exclusive interview of their plight and their hopes for the future.
The family is renting the house for $3,000 a month.
Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 18-year-old Rachel Barhoo.
Barhoo, of Beckles Street, North Esperance, was last seen in the San Fernando district around 8:30 am on Thursday 2nd May, 2019.
She was reported missing to the San Fernando Police Station, around 1 pm, on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019, by her mother.
She is of East Indian descent, 5 feet 5 inches tall and medium built with a brown complexion and short black hair.
She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, a pair of blue jeans and a pair of sneakers.