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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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Molz Ross . 2019-02-19
Sometimes ya just Gota take out the trash...every culture has its trash should just take everybody in prison that's been there 3 times and put a bullet in there heads and be done with it cause if they can't learn from a mistake the first time then they will stay on that path and continue to fuck it up...while they are at it kick everybody off the benifit that fails drug tests every week... Then they commit crimes and go prison 3 times and they get put down and sooner or later no more trash
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globalwarming08 . 2019-02-19
Great documentary!! Any idea how many people get deported every year by US and other countries?
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Gray wolf . 2019-02-19
I think most of them enjoy being in Tonga more
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The Right Media . 2019-02-19
Well something that should be clear (because that fat guy makes it sound like we're just dumping the worst people on these societies) is that they are YOUR people who ILLEGALLY were in the United States. Sure, the reintegration program should be better, but that's not the job of the US in any way, and it starts with changing your culture and getting educated. Learn how to implement free market capitalism. Learn how to raise children so they don't grow up violent. This will set them on a road to find meaning so they aren't using drugs and joining gangs. But don't make it sound like the problems in Tonga or Fiji or anywhere else that the US sends deportees has much at all to do with the US because it doesn't. No country DESERVES another country's aid money, or help in any way. Dumping aid money, missionaries, or aid workers on countries has a very shortterm effect because the ROOT of the problem isn't fixed...the culture. And the guns aren't because of America either. It's because of a vacuum in the market. I could keep going but I think I've made my point clear. Good documentary all around, but the lack of responsibility some of these people take is astonishing. But that's not specifically a Tonga problem. We have the same problem in America where some people just refuse to admit they're wrong, and now we have morons like AOC, Warren, Tlaib, and many others wrecking local economies, cultures, and the foundations that made America great in the first place. Don't make America Tonga.
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Chong Wongsu . 2019-02-19
man that sucks random deportations what is america doing!
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Hugh Jazz . 2019-02-18
They all still on the gear, still fuckheads.... nothing has changed
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Papi Cmac . 2019-02-18
I thought he was gonna say he punched the kid or something but he straight up shot the kid four times.
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Paul Feldman . 2019-02-18
They deported for life?
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zboylee . 2019-02-18
Pray for this man and that his life turns around
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Orenthal Simpson . 2019-02-18
American black culture destroys other countries cultures too
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Everyone's A Critique . 2019-02-18
I want to kill all the deportees in Tonga. If the king won’t bring back the hanging law for us then I’ll get the job done myself
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B.C. Benny-TANK TOP COOKING . 2019-02-18
man I'm sick of seeing tai lopez adds cocacola doesn't need to do social media they already got it figured out fak!!
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Torzy Tube . 2019-02-18
All those kid who wanted to be gangster should watch this
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SniperNinja-115 . 2019-02-18
much love, take care and everything goodblack_heartx2*..
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Lutfi Rosdan . 2019-02-18
hello Austronesian family from malaysia.. 'lima' means 5 it's the same?
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Jayme Newcomb . 2019-02-18
The rules around deportation need to amended? No, these people shouldn't have committed crimes that lead to their deportation. Simple.
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Bob Duncan . 2019-02-18
Wow something good from Vice. Back to their roots. No more millennial bs
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Sebastian Schulz . 2019-02-18
I went to a tongan wedding and there were multiple tcg members and multiple arrest it was pretty wild
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Ari Iskander Krohn Berle . 2019-02-18
Good documentary! Keep this up Vice!
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Jeff Barris . 2019-02-18
jimmy superfly snooka is from there
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Za Ha . 2019-02-18
He makes "Rice" Looks good....
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VNV Girl . 2019-02-18
I can't imagine living like they do .. i wish we could all help each other to be ok.. no fighting <3
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Samoa Brown93 . 2019-02-18
All these bums ruin Tonga... we got plenty deportees in Samoa too!!!! Six years and he still thinks he’s a kiwi😂😂😂 Wake up stupid!! Time to make a new life, a better life for yourself...
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Lew. . 2019-02-18
New Zealand especially is a truly peaceful nation, and we have no tolerance for violence and especially not for gangs that endorse it. Unfortunately almost all of our gangs which are few, are overwhelmingly represented by Tongans. I've been shown a lot of love by Tongan people and families over my life here, and they are great welcoming people. It's just sad that all the bad ones come along and threaten our culture.
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Ivan Theron . 2019-02-18
glad you scumbags can get kicked out..........., consequences,........,
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Kev KK . 2019-02-18
All the Tongans I’ve known where nice and peaceful and Na it’s not just Mexicans that get deported lots of Asians and Pacific Islanders her deported
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SON GOKU . 2019-02-18
Show the real Gangsters, Bankers.
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graape lego . 2019-02-18
Yeah their criminals , but their stories are still terribly sad.
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Mordecai Tonga . 2019-02-18
And Sunday aka is a holy day Tongans are not allowed to go out on Sunday because we believe in our religion so much
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Mordecai Tonga . 2019-02-18
I’m Tongan and this is true sadly :(
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John Rambo . 2019-02-18
Back to the plantain 👏👏 They never come out 🤷‍♂️
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Liam S . 2019-02-18
I just keep thinking Jonah from Tonga
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papavalium . 2019-02-18
Getting a gun ad, on a far left wing Vice news channel. ROFL
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daniel scanlan . 2019-02-18
7:00 I hope he was in the Tongan Crip Gang
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Chris Justa . 2019-02-18
a little coward with no hands use a gun what a goof......
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m213 . 2019-02-18
No empathy for them. 000
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OFF CLAN . 2019-02-18
Boring
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Aries April . 2019-02-18
Nothing’s funny
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AkATigerAlly . 2019-02-18
Why do gangsters always say that "they" being other should have something set for them to do. Why that entitlement?
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Eye Ball . 2019-02-18
Rather than trying to get people to feel sorry for them why don't you tell the whole story and the TRUTH for once Vice (HBO) ???? .... Why didn't you put in the video what crimes they actually committed ????
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Martinus Surath . 2019-02-18
Tongan men are probably the most attractive and sexy in the world.
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NotownFilms . 2019-02-18
11:20 organized*
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snatched batch . 2019-02-18
"When ur brought down to ur bare essentials(rock bottom), thats the character u are, who u are."..... So real💜
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no name . 2019-02-18
Moobs
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Jason . 2019-02-18
Build the wall!🇺🇸
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profbfc . 2019-02-18
I'm a simple man...
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Random Name . 2019-02-17
It's Tonga time
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kem kam . 2019-02-17
GOD BLESS TONGANS! JESUS LOVES YOU AND YOU ARE IN A SETTING WHERE YOU HAVE EASY ACCESS TO HIM. YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE A BLESSING DISGUISE YOU DEPORTEES.
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sanele giirl . 2019-02-17
this documentary reminds me of my cousin who was also deported due to criminal activities he was involved in. It's So sad when U come to realize its too late to make that change you wish you could've done
sooner. God bless yall
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Elmo de la Muerte . 2019-02-17
gangs are for sheep and men of weak character, thats why they prey on young men before theyve developed the ability to stand on their own two feet. in the end you end up in prison or dead and your gang? long gone.
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