Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

  • Published on Feb 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.
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Comments • 9 079

  • no comment
    no comment 10 minutes ago

    Who needs the subtitles ?

  • Amun
    Amun 27 minutes ago

    You made your bed..

  • William Lutz
    William Lutz 30 minutes ago

    Pacific islanders are honest and loyal. Incredible friends. Awesome stories fellas,much respect.Moving on is the best life gives you. It changed my life forever!! Peace tonga!

  • Yancade hand built games machines

    Just stop for a minute and think about all your stories tied to getting high with Fillipinos , now tell me that someone didn't get shot in every single one.

  • 643 178
    643 178 51 minute ago

    Go to Guam and check out interview gangs

  • Tom Smith
    Tom Smith 53 minutes ago

    kill them all

  • Samson Sunnyboy
    Samson Sunnyboy Hour ago

    Life is full of ups and down never give up, 2pac said that also

  • jimmy barlow
    jimmy barlow Hour ago

    If your born in a country and become a citizen how can you be deported

  • Paul Carrisosa
    Paul Carrisosa Hour ago

    Literally Gangster's Paradise

    SHERM STX Hour ago

    Yooo my name is SHERM STX & i just released a New Music Video! It’s 🔥🔥🔥🔥 All i need is 3 minutes of your time 👀

  • lance
    lance 2 hours ago

    these criminals are only good now because they don t have a choice!

  • Respect Effect
    Respect Effect 2 hours ago

    title shoul be, vale kai ta'ez in Palataisi.

  • Sprat-Lane
    Sprat-Lane 2 hours ago

    Best place to be deported to.....
    Paradise for real

  • Jiaqi Zhao
    Jiaqi Zhao 2 hours ago

    this is hell to them

  • None Ya
    None Ya 2 hours ago

    ffkk VICE homie

  • aplusaffiliatedopinion

    From your past you have become aware of your wisdom not understanding the gift you have to help others as you are helping me. Thank you gentlemen.

  • Rich aka TeK
    Rich aka TeK 2 hours ago

    "This punishment, just let it be me" - beautiful quote

  • Diana Bates
    Diana Bates 2 hours ago

    You and nature darling what are you chopping down still talking about bad s*** what are you what kind of plan is that that's what I want to eat I don't hear nothing about you going to jail and all that what up what kind of plan is that

  • izaia txgia
    izaia txgia 3 hours ago


  • Jack Daniels-Son
    Jack Daniels-Son 3 hours ago

    They speak great English tho

  • Chiko 206
    Chiko 206 3 hours ago

    I like how they say “mom” but they write “mum” on subtitles lol

  • Darin Wright
    Darin Wright 3 hours ago

    This is what I liked VICE for! Hated when you got political....Keep rolling out stuff like this!

  • JTR
    JTR 3 hours ago

    lol right off the bat using subtitles with someone that clearly speaks English. lol

  • wolf trader
    wolf trader 3 hours ago

    Dont feel empathy for these criminal scum. They should be locked up forever!

  • Serpico's Beard
    Serpico's Beard 4 hours ago

    Is everyone in Tonga built like a brick shit house?

  • Lucifer
    Lucifer 4 hours ago

    You know what? At least it's honest work

  • Yeah Right
    Yeah Right 4 hours ago

    My best friend is Samoan, she has a heart of gold. She’s the most genuine, humble person I ever met. In fact I never met a Samoan I didn’t like. It makes me sad to see them being infected by these “social diseases.”

  • TJfishbuk Salliverro
    TJfishbuk Salliverro 4 hours ago

    Regrets always come last. Do not take things for granted.

  • Mine Finder
    Mine Finder 4 hours ago

    Kill all gang members. No exceptions.

  • Godz’ Devils
    Godz’ Devils 4 hours ago

    It’s funny how countries like Australia, New Zealand and especially American talk about how great their countries are and yet every person exiled is from a different ethnic background never a white person, makes me sick to see how biased and how they look at non white criminals

  • John B
    John B 4 hours ago

    Good video

  • 【C】【r】【o】【g】【g】【8】【8】

    The voice if he meth dealer SCARED THE LIVIN SHIT OUTA ME when it first came on

  • superslaw w
    superslaw w 5 hours ago

    They are people, people sometimes make bad decisions. You lose your culture, you lose yourself.

  • K. R.
    K. R. 5 hours ago

    Where are you Cali?

  • Chandan G
    Chandan G 5 hours ago

    Thumbnail looks mark hunt....

  • DiverZity
    DiverZity 5 hours ago

    Much luv to the Tongan and Uso homies. I did time with them in prison and we even run together. They're some good folks.

  • Matt lake
    Matt lake 6 hours ago

    For the people who know Jonah from Tonga... ‘fobilicious listen to us’

  • saru link
    saru link 6 hours ago

    Doesn't look like any of them are going hungry. Not much sympathy here. Sorry.

  • TALILAH K J Roberts
    TALILAH K J Roberts 6 hours ago

    Tongans are lovely
    Unfortunately its in countries

  • TALILAH K J Roberts
    TALILAH K J Roberts 6 hours ago

    Yes...I'm coming to Tonga

    MRBRADENN 6 hours ago

    So Tonga is a prison

  • Evander Revestir
    Evander Revestir 6 hours ago

    get high with what? haha oh no no no! lol

  • ian watson
    ian watson 6 hours ago

    good on america getting rid of these criminals to there own nations...i wish britain would follow suit.way too soft.

  • Simple Guy
    Simple Guy 6 hours ago

    18 acres of rich soil, make them grow, it will give you life. Stay strong bros

  • Staci B
    Staci B 6 hours ago

    These men are sexy tho

  • sol porter
    sol porter 7 hours ago

    Good for him and his big ol' pig

  • Whachuknow 03
    Whachuknow 03 7 hours ago

    Bunch of flops Ahahah

  • Eduard BlaBla
    Eduard BlaBla 7 hours ago +1

    Poor souls.

  • Skywave
    Skywave 7 hours ago

    Reminds me a wee bit of Far Cry 3

  • IceRevolver
    IceRevolver 7 hours ago

    How you tell someone after they finish doing 15 years in jail that they getting deported to a place they haven't been since they were a single digits kid. At the time the man has a a girl and kids. How the hell do plan for that. That's crazy!

  • Minty Fresh
    Minty Fresh 7 hours ago

    Where’s johna lol 😂

  • tyler durden
    tyler durden 8 hours ago

    Atleast theyre free in their motherland instead of being in jail

  • Krazy Kris
    Krazy Kris 8 hours ago +1

    Such a shame..good looking, strong men trying to fit in

  • Postmodern neo-Marxist Hoe, Dr.Gavagai

    when ppl never came back again, oh ~ so much love and respect LOLOLOLOLOL

  • Zunair Sharif
    Zunair Sharif 8 hours ago +1

    Wtf so basically he was getting bullied so he killed him and became the new bully

  • markuskiner
    markuskiner 9 hours ago

    could someone please deport me to tonga?

  • James Blackledge
    James Blackledge 9 hours ago

    Where's the money, that's what it's all about, right? Suckers for a game they'll never win. The way he's bragging about something unbraggable. Wake Up!

  • Incognito Brown
    Incognito Brown 9 hours ago +1

    Tough tough tough warriors are Tongans. They produce world top Rugby players. Jonah Lomu is prime example.

  • 500 Subscribers With 1 video

    the citezens feel like filipinos and the place just seems a place in the philipines thats not overpopulated

  • Mr Tran
    Mr Tran 9 hours ago

    samoan people is better than white people.

  • Khmer Shadow
    Khmer Shadow 9 hours ago

    Where's the part where Ila Mo'unga talks about the hole he dug shown on facebook? Did I miss it somewhere?

  • Ben Ryan
    Ben Ryan 9 hours ago

    most of these guys are talking shit

  • Timo Indigne
    Timo Indigne 10 hours ago +1

    its 2019 and people still think joining gangs and being a hardass will work out for you....

  • MMT kolongahelemonga676

    The guy on 8:58 is my neighbor in Tonga. Its crazy to come back to the states after 6 month living there and to see a video of him and his story. Knowing he was my neighbor, really chill dude.

  • Fallen Angel
    Fallen Angel 10 hours ago

    The only reason why I know what Togans are is cause the homie smoked one those foo”s . But I didnt know y’all were this lowkey deep lol

  • Russell Sinclair
    Russell Sinclair 10 hours ago

    Is it just me or dose the first dudes laugh sound just like the rock? Hahaha

  • Kamran
    Kamran 11 hours ago +1

    I was banged up with a Tongan. My cell mate for 9 months. Lovely guy. Was banged up for a drunken punch on a guy who was also drunk. Gave him 7 years for manslaughter. Was never angry or upset. Was happy for being alive and still young enough to do good with his life. One of the most humble guys I’ve ever met. 6foot tall. Muscles and brain. Wonder where he is now....

  • Barak O'Washington
    Barak O'Washington 11 hours ago +2

    Damn Tongans look scary, but the Samoans are in a whole another level.

    • Lay
      Lay 7 hours ago

      Have a little search into Tongan history, Tongans conquered Samoa, Fiji, the Cook Islands, THE WHOLE PACIFIC. Tongans also beat the Samoans by 30 points and came 3rd due to politics and a shit ref in the most recent rugby league World Cup. It’s wild spread and known in Australia and new Zealand where the most islanders are in the whole world that the Tongans are the ones to be scared of... the biggest drug dealer and crime king pin in the south hemisphere had Tongan bodyguards and said he didn’t want any other race because the Tongans are the most fearsome..

    • jake from statefarm
      jake from statefarm 9 hours ago

      Barak O'Washington
      Ya, check out @polynesian_hawaiian_

  • Lao Thao
    Lao Thao 11 hours ago

    As President Trump said, these people are not human. They are animals. Please deport them all back to their countries.

  • JustD.C
    JustD.C 11 hours ago

    4:41 Lmaaoo they went past my school

  • Jane Topui
    Jane Topui 11 hours ago

    Didnt know tonga was this deep

  • edd Dav
    edd Dav 11 hours ago

    Living off the land in the pacific where everyones family

  • Europa Man
    Europa Man 11 hours ago +1

    These Tongas return to their homeland to rebuild. Hopefully, they are not parasites of their own people.

  • Big Rub
    Big Rub 12 hours ago

    i met a Tongan dude recently when he was delivering a package to my workplace... within 30 seconds of meeting him, he told me that he was currently cheating on his girlfriend and that he also enjoyed some meth on the weekends...

  • Tony Stark
    Tony Stark 12 hours ago

    He just said he shot him 4 times in the stomach and laughed lol

  • john hand
    john hand 12 hours ago

    Getting high with filipinos gets you into bad sh*t. you'll hallucinate they let you see a human size red bee that sells good chicken

  • Jamaal Williams
    Jamaal Williams 12 hours ago

    Tongans need to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Signs of the Times TV HQ

    Where do the so called Negro go?

  • Jesxs
    Jesxs 12 hours ago

    I still remember my middle school best friend was tongan and he would always talk about TCG and all that but never talked to him after middle, now im about to graduate from high school,

  • Jacob Arellano
    Jacob Arellano 12 hours ago

    I don't understand the point of this "documentary", if it is one. Am I supposed to feel bad for convicts that got deported, because that is not going to happen. I only feel bad for the people who were there the whole time who now have to suffer them and the crimes that come with those that return to being gangsters

  • Killacorn
    Killacorn 12 hours ago

    Vice is going down

  • ianmedium
    ianmedium 12 hours ago

    Bunch of losers who blame everyone else for their choices. Many of us have had crappy starts in life but did not make these choices. These so called strong men are weak boys and will always be, pathetic waste of oxygen in this world.

  • Ivan Jullius
    Ivan Jullius 12 hours ago

    ohh yeah Proud Filipino here 💘👋

  • Ivan Jullius
    Ivan Jullius 12 hours ago

    ohh yeah Proud Filipino here 💘👋

  • Baphomet Presidente
    Baphomet Presidente 12 hours ago +1

    One gangster says he feel like crab in a bucket ! 😌 i think they need to do something about it. they should joint together and take over Tonga and form a strong army then take over new Zealand. 🤔 new zealand just cannot use these people and throw them the rotten apples like that. not good.besides tongans are pacific islanders. they have right to be in new zealand that the white asses.

  • The tax Collector
    The tax Collector 12 hours ago

    This is very sad for the people getting deported is probably worse than getting prison in another country

  • Omizzy Lizardi
    Omizzy Lizardi 13 hours ago

    Old Tongans are the best, nicest people ever.

  • hongsmoker
    hongsmoker 13 hours ago

    "If you're in love with drugs, I'm your best friend."

  • decades
    decades 13 hours ago

    This whole video about tonga and not one comment about jonah smh

  • Jhyacee Cortez
    Jhyacee Cortez 13 hours ago

    Respect the pacific islanders i always hand up the tonga....

  • Siomita Vei
    Siomita Vei 13 hours ago

    MMT BABY 🇹🇴💯

  • James Longstaff
    James Longstaff 13 hours ago

    My mom is from Tonga and we are now from America. My parents would sometimes joke threaten that if we didn't listen, we would be sent to Tonga. This documentary shows the problems that the Polynesian diaspora is facing. I'm so glad my family immigrated to America. There are more opportunities here.

    LION OF JUDAH 13 hours ago

    May God's blessing be with my island brothers in Christ.

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  • Cogent Doge
    Cogent Doge 14 hours ago

    Why do the captions say "mum" when they're obviously saying "mom"? Begone aussie caption creator scum!

  • PlanetRockJesus
    PlanetRockJesus 14 hours ago

    This evil kid should have gotten the death sentence. Instead, he got four years, and now he's arrogant about it.

  • Jerry schell
    Jerry schell 14 hours ago

    so infoormative eyy

  • Kuriouslife 1
    Kuriouslife 1 14 hours ago +1

    I like the fist guy in the intro