Category “Gangs”

PTSD From Gang Violence in LA

With gang violence being common place in particular American cities such as LA there is an epidemic of PTSD affecting the youth of urban war zone communities. VICE News travels to the front line of this epidemic in Los Angeles with the kids who are suffering, and the adults trying to save them from being destined for the fringes of...

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Inside the Detroit Gang Squad

The streets of Detroit are home to a life and death struggle, Detroit's gangs and the guns they wield threaten the lives of kids who spend every day growing up in fear of other kids. Now an elite police unit has been tasked with turning the tide in a war that has raged for decades, with aggressive tactics and unparalleled street smarts, they infiltrate a world of gangs, guns and deadly...

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Los Zetas: The Criminal Syndicate

Their trained mercenaries, their code of silence is unparalleled, their ruthlessness unquestioned, Los Zetas are one of the worlds most deadliest gangs and those that stand in their way pay a gruesome price. The gang already rules Mexico and now they have their eyes set on the US. The mighty Rio Grande separates the United States and Mexico, Laredo Texas sits on its banks. Across the water is the mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, the river is shallow and slow moving here, making it easy to cross illegally. Los Zetas have more capability that Al Qaeda does today to operate inside the United...

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Locked Up Warriors

Although New Zealand is one of the most peaceful countries in the entire world, it happens to have one of the highest imprisonment rates as well, falling in second highest in the western world. Not only is there such a high imprisonment rate but half of the jailed people are indigenous Maori. However, Maori only make up 15% of New Zealand’s population. In the last two decades the jail population has doubled. Prisoners cost on average $94,000 each to lock up and though it seems this is New Zealand’s way to act “tough on crime” as is done across western nations, New Zealands crime...

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Trench Town: The Forgotten Land

Trench Town is a powerful look into the lives of the children living there. As one boy says, “Every morning as I rise, I hear gunshots firing”. Indeed, as we follow the children to school we can see gunshot filled signs and walls, little shacks ready to collapse, army tanks and car bombs. It is a dangerous risk just to get to school for these kids. Many of the older kids are in gangs because they have grown up in such a hopeless area with no reason to live. The average age for gangs is 14-25. The police are out numbered so it makes it difficult to put a stop to the warring trench town....

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Streets of New York

New York City is the head of the American social body. From Gotham the signals flow; what is important, what is cool, how to live. In the late 1960 s, New York embraced crime and drug addiction and abandoned its social spaces to crime and criminals; America did the same. The South Bronx burned, Harlem overdosed, and Brooklyn was ruled by the knives and bicycle chains of feral gangs. Then it got worse. The Mafia poured tons of China White onto the street and 13 year old warlords peddled vials of cocaine to passing cars. The media, and our own memories, present us only with a photo album of...

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Baja Smugglers

Daredevil outlaws. The Mexican drug war. All night trips on small fishing boats called "pangas" that smuggle migrant workers & marijuana into the United States. This is Baja...

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Gypsy Child Thieves

Across Europe children are being forced onto the streets to beg and steal. They come from one of the poorest communities in Europe - the Romanian Gypsies. For centuries Gypsies have lived on the margins of society and faced brutal discrimination. Many have resorted to stealing and begging to survive. But in the last 20 years, organised crime has taken over. And since 2007, when Romania joined the EU, Gypsy children have been trafficked and exploited on a much larger scale. In an attempt to understand what is happening to these children Romanian film-maker Liviu Tipurita embarks on a...

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Killing Boys: Russia

A gritty and absorbing film about a street gang of Russian ten year olds that cleans cars, begs, steals and sometimes even murders. On 23rd February 1994, ten year old Vlodya Jacobs and his gang killed and mutilated a 50 year old man. Police records show that the gang was involved in at least four other killings. This film began as an investigation of homeless children. It became a report on Vlodya, his family, his friends and the reasons why he has committed such grotesque crimes. Popular with the sellers at his local market and generous to other homeless children, it seems inconceivable...

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