Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

  • Published on:  2/6/2019
  • 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.WATCH NEXT: The Motel for the Homeless and Ex-Prisoners : The Stay Inn: here to subscribe to VICE: out our full video catalog:, daily editorial and more: http://vice.comMore videos from the VICE network: here to get the best of VICE daily: VICE on Facebook: VICE on Twitter: us on Instagram: VICE on iOS: VICE on Android:


  • Wee Wee 4 months ago

    Lesson learned never get high with the Filipinos

  • Black Xeroz 13 hours ago

    Bisaya malakas yan

  • 408 elijah an hour ago

    I'm full blown filipino and I'm high af right now

  • Nikita Evdokimov 4 months ago

    Amazing storytelling, Vice, please stick to this type of content - everyone loves it!

  • soflo23 an hour ago

    One in the same.

  • Kerem Pauwels 1 months ago

    Arrington Neovelli Libtard or leftist, please choose one

  • Sabine Meyer 3 months ago

    “They envy me when they see me petting my pig” weird flex but...ok!?😂

  • TTV_WaveV-nz ! 1 months ago

    Sabine Meyer It yummy

  • Delilah Jones 1 months ago

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  • doran stewart stewart 4 months ago

    In the first in he is laughing at his pain. Showing that these people are not monsters under your bed. They’re created out of abuse and hatred.

  • David Wolff 15 days ago

    @kanaka maoli you first

  • Fim Bu 24 days ago

    @la la rosethey sure have psychosocial problems but not all of them are so much borderline. You can see here some examples of people taken away from toxic environments

  • Craig West 4 months ago

    Only problem I have with these documentaries is that they're never long enough!! So many unique and important stories to share the human experience.

  • Elder Grumper 1 months ago

    It call a teaser bro

  • Hugo Mendoza 2 months ago

    Facts that fat dude looked lonely

  • Eric TheRed 4 months ago

    "My dad was god, and since I couldn't fight God I'd fight everybody else." What a line.

  • Noisia TheDon 22 days ago

    nailed it

  • Rosie Cheeks 1 months ago

    @Tullece 👍👋🙏

  • njekshun 4 months ago

    there is no loyalty being a gangster. where are their friends or homies now. not visting them thats for sure. gangster life gets u no where period.

  • John Slack 13 days ago

    @James Madson no they are not.

  • James Madson 13 days ago

    @John Slack people loyal to you are on your payroll.

  • Michael Papara 4 months ago

    20:05 “she’s not feeling it anymore “ *has hickey on his neck*

  • Siale Talasinga 11 days ago

    You mean 19:58

  • Luke North 3 months ago

    Whoever’s idea this was needs a raise. Good job. Great story.

  • Fallconn2 1 months ago

    Luke North ur pfp leads me to believe you’re a man of culture

  • Luke North 2 months ago


  • snatched batch 4 months ago

    "When ur brought down to ur bare essentials(rock bottom), thats the character u are, who u are."..... So real💜

  • PPP Aaa 1 months ago

    snatched batch yes it’s true

  • octavia mckinney 3 months ago