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Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

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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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    Popular Comments:

Friza Taufik . 2019-04-20
they look exactly like indonesian/malaysian/filipino lmao
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ole hickory . 2019-04-20
AWWWW poor bangers and Violent criminals...
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TheJusticeChannel . 2019-04-20
Kinda like the Salvadorans getting deported to El Salvador, among them MS-13 and 18th street gang members.
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Cooking With Soul . 2019-04-20
I liked this video a lot hopefully they'll do a follow up video with them next year I would love to see another one they all have really interesting stories
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David Libran . 2019-04-20
Change the deportation laws. Implement a commission overseen by the US department of foreign affairs to work with the police in Tonga for the transition to have a healthy impact for the people of Tongo and the deportees. Those who were deported looking for true redemption should be given this opportunity.

Maybe even add a possible transition back into the states. These are HUMAN beings with children and wives/husbands. To exile them for eternity into a abyss they can’t escape is worse then killing them.
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17Trapqueen38 . 2019-04-19
Where is this
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damiansdroid . 2019-04-18
California LA native anyway you can deport me to this island paradise, thx
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Chris K . 2019-04-18
19:58 Did that dude have a hickey on his neck?
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Emmanuel Bobola . 2019-04-17
Interesting story. I wish those brothers find peace and new path in their lives.
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Photoshop By Alfredo . 2019-04-16
This does look like paradise, plus they got a second chance.
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War Lock . 2019-04-15
This place like south east asia
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Itsyaboyy . 2019-04-15
Legend says to this day he’s still saying “ya know”
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King Martinez . 2019-04-15
U nuh.
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Sept Belleza . 2019-04-14
I’m from New Zealand and I’m so used to hearing them have a Tongan-Kiwi accent that it surprised me to hear some of them with an American accent. 😂
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Cam . 2019-04-14
Can you believe they just gutted Vice's NZ branch, no more content like this!
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dumpyou dinoun . 2019-04-14
So white DEVILS went to those People’s Land and Flooded it with drugs and crime like they do EVERYWHERE ON EARTH
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Mila Utu . 2019-04-14
Mate Ma’a Tonga 🇹🇴 TCG 🔵
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Mr Cool . 2019-04-13
I feel bad for each one of these dudes. Hope they be ok. They are human after all
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Derek S . 2019-04-13
Is that weed that's around him. 5:55
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TheBrabon1 . 2019-04-13
its horrible what colonialism and western culture did to these proud people
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Dudeineedaname . 2019-04-12
Criminals prey on the compassion of society.
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Carlos J . 2019-04-12
where coolio?
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Sean Fennell . 2019-04-09
I ran a glass crew for years. We did all the high rise in San Diego. I had 5 of them fuckers on my crew, I'm 100% Irish and we where a family. We fought together we eat together and when shit hit the fan they hid out at my place. 11 years ago and we still family. Much respect to them and much respect given back.
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wal . 2019-04-09
Great work, Unlike some other shit where you have the journalist in your face every 30 seconds trying to get famous.
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cj . 2019-04-09
This man laughing about shooting a kid in the stomach 4 times killing him tf
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saii terra . 2019-04-09
My name is talauli Prescott and I'm a mother fucking gangsta
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Kevin Mar . 2019-04-08
I consider these types of videos as poverty porn for mostly rich white folks. Also, as an attempt to humanize generally brutally criminals. I grew up and have lived the majority of my life in two of the most violent/gang ridden areas in the USA. When bleeding heart liberals release these monsters they return to our communities to terrorize us...not you rich white folks. I have zero pity on these gangster mother fuckers. My brother and several friends have been murdered by such men. My sister was human trafficed and raped by gangster shit bags. In truth they are liitle boys mentally, crying like bitches because they dont have their homies to roll with anymore as they terrorize innocents. Fuck them and fuck these rich, privledged White fuckers from Vice trying to make these guys sympathetic.
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Jesus Christ . 2019-04-08
I’m Tongan
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Timothy-Paul Chevalier . 2019-04-08
18:00 marks a point
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Edward Yamada . 2019-04-08
Thanks for this, VICE. Cause and effect, it rules our lives more than we think. Everything has consequences.
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Ed. Sawyer . 2019-04-06
Every video that is on Vice i always love them continue to provide best videos Vice!
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Joe Day . 2019-04-06
"@18:01 he says other countries deporting their own people back to them in tonga is "Like dumping rubbish", those are YOUR own damn people getting put back where they belong.
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Joe Day . 2019-04-06
Well grow out of the hormonal teenage mentality,quit being longterm fuckups and you won't get deported... physically strong guys in the video but mentally lacking.
On a separate note 8 would imagine if your a deported in tonga and you fuckups up again they probably deal with it harshly.
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Jase Poag . 2019-04-05
Looks pretty nice. What does a white boy need to do to get deported to Tonga? I'm a reef aquarium enthusiast, and I've heard great things about their reefs. haha
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Free YNW Melly . 2019-04-05
Masi’i
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akeria Singh . 2019-04-05
I lowkey think ila is sexy.😉
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Michael Mack . 2019-04-04
Id move there right now for some cheap land. But i dont think a brotha is treated right there either? Anybody know?
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Hannah Wanjiku . 2019-04-04
The moral of the story is, don’t do crime in someone’s country or else you will be sent back home after so many years without nothing or plans . Take advantage of the resources in the host country as well as trying to invest in case you get sent back.
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nadine vennard . 2019-04-04
If you commit violent crime don't complain when u get deported duh
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Samuel Patterson . 2019-04-04
"Had a talk with my wife. She's not feeling it anymore."
Huge hickey on neck
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Sw1ft MontanA . 2019-04-03
I don't usually feel bad for criminals in these types of situations, but Talia'uli Prescott actually seems genuine when he said "I was a bad guy, but now i wanna be a good guy" you could tell he regrets his past. He knows that he put himself in this situation. Also Sione Ngaue the American deportee that was in prison for 15 years also seems genuine, prison definitely gave him a new perspective in life as well as his wife and sons giving him purpose. I wish the best for these 2 men. The others can rot in Tonga for all I care.
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jerusjesrael . 2019-04-03
nice
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Lucky Deuce . 2019-04-03
7:49 im Talia'uli prescott.... And im a motherfuking gangsta yeahh
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Sam Jackson . 2019-04-03
2:25 did they have to linger on that shot of those fake ass Nike’s lol 😂 this is a cool story but that was funny.
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Comkid Althiser . 2019-04-03
Whose here from the song gangsters paradise?
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Cozmic Firefly . 2019-04-01
I try not to think of good guy vs bad guy, but good choices vs bad choices.

We are all good and bad, and we make good and bad choices.
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Endee’s Kitchen . 2019-04-01
Man this is worst than jail i guess !
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Gerard Barber . 2019-04-01
My dad used to beat me everyday to thought I was pretty messed up from it I see this people way worse off than me
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INflu3nc3 187 . 2019-04-01
It’s sad he sounds as if he’s not happy to be in his own island from where his roots are. How can a man come from a place of tropical and still be unhappy being where your roots is? Explain
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CeeCee Collins . 2019-04-01
Look Up!!! God is LOVE x
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