Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad 2 days ago   24:02

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 9440 Comments

guy at 19:00 "I used to be a bad guy... but I am a good guy now."
Me: "Okay, I believe you!"
Tony Miles
These men are no different from white corporate hustlers. Separate the legal from the illegal with their skills and they'll be rolling 6x4'$
Tony Miles
Those that have land could turn what they have into a business e-commerce more or less. Find out what is trending in the market relating to Agriculture or start leasing out part of their property. Someone needs to guide them to financial stability.
Deep Press ion
Nothings gonna more gangstah than grandmas.
Tony Miles
Ever wonder why the Environmental conditions for criminal behavior got like that.
But the government has money for pale faces stuck on opioids?
Javier Cox
come to mexico
Juan Torres
I want a Tongan man in my life
Juan Torres
I want a Tongan man in my life
Justin Harrell
Thumbnail looks like Bizarre lost 150lbs.
Hibiscus coast#tao-ika
Give all those meth dealers the smash!!!
Dwight Schrute South Park version
Guess it’s a gangstas paradise
Matt Harden
Ew Vice. Everything they touch turns to crap.
7:05 Wow. I never thought of it that way. What an eye opener.
Gregor Zorgenbaum
My friend got deported to Belarus 2 years ago
Jun Jun Gatbos
Its the carnivorous mind. You eat flesh, your mind is more prone to anger and also pumps the ego more...simple.
Junior Frimpong
Gibraltar gotta chill
The solution will come in the next century...VAPORIZATION***
Young Viking 5151
Well shit there’s WEST COAST & there’s something that should be called PACIFIC COAST
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I wanna go to Tonga
Other countries will hunt n kill deportees because they are threat to society mainly those were in Cali. Deportees associated with ms13 n 18th st when they go back to their country they will be hunted n be killed, which is something deportees from Tonga n other islands i doubt experience it.
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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga 2 days ago   23:21

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Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and former senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country's decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. Many observers point to "the big fish" — the nameless political and business elites who are behind drug trafficking and the culture of endemic corruption and murder that come with it. They are accused of turning a country rich in oil and gas deposits into their own personal narco-state, fostering impunity through a web of bribes and murders. Unlike the profits from the energy industry, however, this phenomenon trickles all the way down to the street level.

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