Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

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  • Published on Feb 6, 2019
  • In Gangsters in Paradise - Deportees of Tonga, VICE embeds with four Tongan nationals who have been sent back to the tiny island nation where they were born after serving prison time in New Zealand and the United States. Former gang members, they often struggle to reconnect with the culture, the language, and the people.
    They are haunted by the stigma of their criminal pasts, which casts a pall over their employment prospects and puts a barrier between them and their compatriots.
    Government support for returnees is non-existent, wages are low, and with Tonga in the midst of a methamphetamine crisis, the temptations to revert to the lives of crime they hoped to leave behind when they left prison are high.
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Comments • 9 257

  • Matt Bauby
    Matt Bauby 9 hours ago

    I like how this Living POS laughs about shooting someone 4 x in the stomach .. that’s the laugh they should play over and over when the judge sentences him away for life in prison the should play that over the loud speaker. .. hey mr dirt ball waste of life island scum . I’m sentencing you to the rest of your natural life in a dark hole .. HAHAHAHAHAHH
    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  • Elise Kody
    Elise Kody Day ago

    I'm friends with this guy on facebook. He's actually a really nice guy.

  • Agatha Roa
    Agatha Roa 2 days ago

    People pay a FORTUNE for 18 acres of land! And vanilla grows wild there?!

  • Real Talk
    Real Talk 3 days ago

    Man As and Filipino its legit during my highschool days ma friends love the gangster way acting Cool doesn't care the consequences of they hurt someone (real bad) like not even high, real trouble comes at night when theres a lil festival in barangay where almost evryone (little gangs) brought icepick, metal to put in the hands and worst old pistol man worst day glad im not that really that interested back then to join gangs most of them bdw go to prison and some are lucky still doin shit

  • spartacus
    spartacus 3 days ago

    So do the white people born in australia, nz and usa get deported but to england or is it just the coloured people born in the west get deported

  • Andenfighter 007
    Andenfighter 007 4 days ago

    the "nnnnh" and "y'know" and "ay" when they finish their sentence are so powerful

  • Blankt Blankito
    Blankt Blankito 6 days ago

    I have lived in the phillipines for 7 months or something, god damn i get the urge to do something stupid When that empi hits you

  • Mother Russia
    Mother Russia 6 days ago

    I’m Filipino and he got high with me

  • Skyte
    Skyte 7 days ago

    That guy says Eh more than Canadians

  • 2resist2exist insta
    2resist2exist insta 7 days ago

    Bless all those guys , nobody perfect until they become humble ., life to each his/her own.

  • 14pvk
    14pvk 8 days ago

    You reap what you sow. The countries that deported them did the right things. Now they are learning not to take a developed society for granted.They do not deserve any sympathy.

  • Dr. Dude
    Dr. Dude 8 days ago +1

    Who's tougher?
    Icelandic Vikings (comment)
    Or the Somoan warrior
    (Like)

  • Mark Jackson
    Mark Jackson 8 days ago +1

    VICE is back!!

  • Lisa 11:11
    Lisa 11:11 9 days ago

    Your beautiful island was defecated on. Does anyone care anymore? 💔🙏

  • Jesus Soledad
    Jesus Soledad 12 days ago

    "My poetry pictures of my guns"

  • Robert Pikari
    Robert Pikari 12 days ago

    👁️👽Townpiedaudakuys😆😂👀👂🏾🙌🏾🥧👍🏾

  • Omar El Shazli
    Omar El Shazli 13 days ago +7

    “It’s like crabs being stuck in a bucket.”

  • ed china
    ed china 14 days ago

    immigration should never be uncontrolled.NEVER

  • Mike Hawk
    Mike Hawk 14 days ago

    The consequence of criminal behavior. If you don't do these things you'll never have to deal with this.

  • Pasquale Prata
    Pasquale Prata 15 days ago

    you know?

  • Jackal Shine
    Jackal Shine 16 days ago

    These Malay gene really like to join gang eh? Wat u wanna proof?

  • ASBasf
    ASBasf 17 days ago

    I know a lot of people got deported to Yemen only because they couldn’t offered the high taxes that the government of Saudi Arabia demand although they were born and raised in it.

  • Justin Hoffman
    Justin Hoffman 18 days ago

    Dude looks like a Samoan dee boo

  • Zach Dekoning
    Zach Dekoning 21 day ago

    Is it just me or the guy at 11:36 sound like one of the guys from far cry 3

    • Kahn Girde'
      Kahn Girde' 10 days ago

      Zach Dekoning what do u mean? I nvr played far cry 3, ill check it out lol

  • L S
    L S 21 day ago

    Ye know.

  • Leo Gustavsson
    Leo Gustavsson 22 days ago +2

    Should have had gangster's paradise in the intro and outro

  • maxwell escobar
    maxwell escobar 22 days ago

    I was hoping meth would never come close to the good islander people it destroys beautiful souls.

    • Kahn Girde'
      Kahn Girde' 10 days ago

      Too late. They got here decades ago

  • Mecha Apophis CloseAirSupport

    Lets get deported to a 5 Star Hotel on a South Asian Island.

  • Gai Jin
    Gai Jin 23 days ago

    Tonga are poor - gov Wallace segregation now tomorrow and forever

  • Eric Nelson
    Eric Nelson 26 days ago

    When he was taking about the robberies, that there never use to be guns before. What like they were very polite and just asked them to give them the money? without the threat of violence.

  • vidal Lopez
    vidal Lopez 26 days ago +8

    "And since I couldn't fight God, I'd fight everybody else"

  • DRO 1029
    DRO 1029 27 days ago

    Why everytime u see other countries in the USA on tv or on line shit always look cloudy lol

  • James Leon
    James Leon 27 days ago

    That was fantastic,very inspiring and introspective

  • Philis37
    Philis37 27 days ago +1

    GOD knows You Islanders and prophesied about you thousands of years ago stating:
    "Isaiah 42:10

    Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise from the ends of the earth,
    you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
    you islands, and all who live in them."

  • ismail magdy
    ismail magdy 28 days ago

    sumo

  • Robert R
    Robert R Month ago

    To my fellow man we can be good now lets do it

  • Sam
    Sam Month ago +2

    9:34 Those gangsta man boobies had me dead. 😂😂😂

  • Yung Papi
    Yung Papi Month ago

    These aren’t gangsters lmfao

    • Kahn Girde'
      Kahn Girde' 10 days ago

      Yung Papi gangsters are member of a gang that do violent crimes. Unless theyre lying about stealing and killing than yea, they’re considered gangsters. Or did u think gangsters are people who shoot each other and run mafia corporations

  • Otumi Sundiata
    Otumi Sundiata Month ago

    The white man deportation of people of color..FROM A LAND THAT THEY STOLEN!! TOOK OVER FROM ABORIGINAL PEOPLE'S..IT'S BEYOND DEMONIC!!!!!!! THE ONLY PLACE THAT THE WHITE MAN CAN CALL HOME IS THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS!!! NEW ZEALAND!! THE WHITE MAN IS DEPORTED PEOPLE..AUSTRALIA..CANADA..ALSO AMERICA..AKA TURTLE ISLAND!! WTF..THE WHITE MAN AN HIS WOMAN NEEDS TO BE DEPORTED OFF OF THE ABORIGINAL LANDS!! HE DON'T OWN THEM..ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR..COME TOGETHER AN WAKE UP..THEY DIVIDE AN CONQUER US...WTF..WHY WE THE DUMB TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING..THE WHITE MALE AN HIS WOMAN..ARE THE MINORITY OF OUR PLANET!! AN THEY RULING US..THE TRUE PEOPLE..OF EARTH!!! WE GOT TO GET THIS RIGHT..NOW!!

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana Month ago

    Your island tonga produces shit

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana Month ago

    Fuc tonga i wish a tsunami wipes it off the map one day

  • Elexandria Yeats
    Elexandria Yeats Month ago

    Of all us Polynesians, Tongan as a whole, are gentler, more compassionate, and helpful. At least the men have always been good to me.

  • robert miller
    robert miller Month ago

    Thank you VICE for showing these guys trying to make it - to be and do better. Most media claim the if you grow up in a bad area, and become criminal, you are trash from then on, turning your life around is impossible. It IS possible - these men are the undeniable proof of it !

  • robert miller
    robert miller Month ago

    I wish 'Ila , Sione and Talia all the best, they are finding themselves and becoming great men.

  • pekau prometheus
    pekau prometheus Month ago

    I mean, yeah it sucks with few decent paying jobs and all but I'd chose exile at Tonga for life than American prison for life, that's all I'm saying shrug

  • Zombie Modz
    Zombie Modz Month ago

    Where’s Jonah takalua

  • Rose Cervantes
    Rose Cervantes Month ago +1

    Big ole' hickey on his neck, but the only problem is his wife don't want to go and come back constantly 🤔🤔

  • David Taliai
    David Taliai Month ago

    Haha and winston peters is complaining about australia deporting kiwis? He does the same thing... hypocrite.

  • lotu jnr
    lotu jnr Month ago

    What a coconut

  • Rohit Tiwari
    Rohit Tiwari Month ago

    Only if journalism was always so beautiful. :)

  • Richard Morse
    Richard Morse Month ago

    Why would anyone tattoo "baby crap" on their chest?

  • Acez_Za
    Acez_Za Month ago

    Please make a Vice tv channel your content is always good with intresting content and I garunteed you guys will make bank even if you just make a series on Netflix

  • OrganicSwagg
    OrganicSwagg Month ago

    Joesph smith

  • grant fletcher
    grant fletcher Month ago

    ayy

  • S N Malik
    S N Malik Month ago

    man jonah takalua grew up fast

  • Prithvi raj
    Prithvi raj Month ago

    The way these guys narrate their stories in commendable but sad at the same time. Life must be hard.

  • Iray Z
    Iray Z Month ago

    Yuh. We can get deported too.
    Ok. Send me back to Hawaii 🤙🏽

  • Brent FU
    Brent FU Month ago

    Good program. Shoot, rob, cripple and terrorize people get deported. So long scum.

  • K000Y
    K000Y Month ago +1

    Yoo the american/Tongan aussie type accent sounds wavey una

  • Pablo Rodriquez
    Pablo Rodriquez Month ago

    Onefour we aiN’t gOt no manners