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Gangsters In Paradise - The Deportees Of Tonga | Corruption, Cocaine And Murder In Trinidad - At Up-Tube.com

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

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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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Comments 9440 Comments

Tika Lee Ho Tanga Meemee
The meth dealer got me triggered - fucced up mentality. Still caught up in a palangi game on an island that is anything but. Tae ofa kiheetau kakai moetau fonua naa tau tupu ai
Pepperoni Unicorn
I remember when I was kid and all the Tongan and Samoan kids parents used to threaten them with sending them home (even though they were born in the country I was living) "You keep fucking up, we will send you home to your cousins!"
Tonganeze Hiva
Pe koeha pe mea nae hoko just keep your head up high for your family pea kei manatui pe fanga tokoua keep praying for a better day,don't forgt through every dark nights there's a brighter day after dat..ofa atu Tokoz ofa atu 'Uli
Kenny Swift
I like the shot at 18:15 of Talia'uli's house with the music in the background, gives it like an abandoned creepy feel. Good job vice
The Real Kisht
Puck u miss
the_night_hacker_ 00
I am a die Hart fan of tropicana
space goddess
There are quite a few Tongans and Samoans in the Mormon church, I grew up in Utah and they are the ones who made all the church camps and activities much more exciting. Most of them also had incredibly beautiful and unique singing voices, which made listening to the church songs bearable in my opinion lol.
Paul
NZ govt, splitting up families. Shame
EDPRIDETV
Awesome
Friza Taufik
they look exactly like indonesian/malaysian/filipino lmao
ole hickory
AWWWW poor bangers and Violent criminals...
TheJusticeChannel
Kinda like the Salvadorans getting deported to El Salvador, among them MS-13 and 18th street gang members.
Cooking With Soul
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
David Libran
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.
17Trapqueen38
Where is this
damiansdroid
California LA native anyway you can deport me to this island paradise, thx
Chris K
19:58 Did that dude have a hickey on his neck?
Emmanuel Bobola
Interesting story. I wish those brothers find peace and new path in their lives.
Photoshop By Alfredo
This does look like paradise, plus they got a second chance.
War Lock
This place like south east asia
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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga 2 months 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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