Internet Scamming in Ghana

Fraudsters in Ghana show us how they use internet scams to steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims all over the globe. — While Nigeria’s 401 scammers may have written the book on West African internet fraud, their shtick looks like Compuserve compared to what’s going on in Ghana. Unsatisfied with the meager winnings from emailing thousands of random Westerners in hopes of convincing one poor sap they’re the treasurer of the Ivory Coast, Ghana’s scammers decided to stack the odds in their favor the old-fashioned way—witchcraft. Taking a page from cyberpunk, traditional West African Juju priests adapted their services to the needs of the information age and started leading down-on-their-luck internet scammers through strange and costly rituals designed to increase their powe

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Underground Street Racers (Smoke Show: EP1)

In the first episode of Smoke Show (watch episode 2 here: VICE follows a group of organized street racers in the suburbs of Toronto. Instead of racing on closed tracks like most in the local car community, these underground racers spark controversy by choosing to race illegally in the maze of industrial roads around the airport because commercial flight paths make it impossible for police helicopters to fly. Click here to subscribe to VICE: Check out our full video catalog: Videos, daily editorial and more: More videos from the VICE network: https:// Like VICE on Facebook: Follow VICE on Twitter: Read our Tumblr:

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The Truth About Ecstasy

High Society is a new VICE documentary series about drugs in the UK. British people statistically take more MDMA in one session than any other country on the planet. And not just a little bit more: on average, Brits take 420 milligrams per session. To put that in perspective, Germans, the same people who invented minimal techno and nightclubs that stay open for 60 hours — take only 200 milligrams. It’s still one of the safest drugs to take, but last year, ecstasy-related deaths reached their highest level in a decade, and now it’s back in the headlines. Some people say it’s drug dealers’ responsibility for selling pills that are dangerously strong and cut with adulterants. Other people point to the government, who have failed to reduce the supply of ecstasy and are refusing to

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Inside a Black Market Grow House in Atlanta: WEEDIQUETTE (Clip)

Krishna meets Kingston, a black market master grower in Atlanta looking to go legit in the legal weed industry. “Going Legit” airs Wednesday, Sep. 26th at 10P on VICELAND. Find your channel here: WATCH NEXT: Subscribe Now: Follow VICELAND: VICELAND.com | https:// VICE Video | https://video.vice.com Full Uncensored Episodes on iTunes: Facebook | https:// Twitter | https://twitter.com/viceland Instagram | Newsletter |

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The End of HIV? The Truvada Revolution (Part 1/3)

WATCH PART 2 NOW: WATCH PART 3 NOW: A drug called Truvada is the first the FDA approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, they’re nearly 99% protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV-prevention changes fundamentally from this point forward, particularly within the gay male community, the population hardest hit by HIV in America. Its ultimate implications for the AIDs epidemic are profound. VICE explores the future of the Truvada and its revolutionary impact on ending HIV/AIDs. Watch Next: We Went To Gay Conversion Therapy Camp – Read: A Porn Director Stirred Up Controversy b

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From ‘Iron Girls’ to ‘Leftovers’ – Independent Women in China

Since the socialist revolution, the rights of Chinese women have been written into the country’s constitution. Under Mao, unprecedented numbers of women joined the workforce and they were celebrated as “iron girls.” But now, China is home to a fifth of the world’s women whose status as equals is dwindling. Domestic violence rates in the country have soared, martial rape is not considered a crime, those who dare to call themselves feminist activists are being detained by the government, and unmarried women older than 27 are commonly referred to as “leftover women.” To find out what lies behind the drastic shift in women’s social status in China, we track down feminist scholar and “iron girl” Wang Zheng and spend a day with one of China’s so-called leftover women. We also explore th

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The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village

Subscribe Now: Where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the desert, the people of Samburu have maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years in northern Kenya. That is, until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region’s women. Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, is quite literally a no man’s land, and the matriarchal refuge is now home to the Samburu women who no longer want to suffer abuses, like genital mutilation and forced marriages, at the hands of men. Throughout the years, it has also empowered other women in the districts surrounding Samburu to start their own men-excluding villages. Broadly visited Umoja and the villages it inspired to meet with the women who were fed up with living in a

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Are Startups Helping or Hurting? – The Business of Life (Episode 11)

A new generation of so-called tech companies have glutted the media spotlight, promising new services to connected young people while disrupting old models. But are they putting a new spin on classic ideas? And are they really changing the way we live, or merely helping the one-percent feel a bit more like the .01 percent? This week, we are joined by Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times, HealthTap’s Ron Gutman, and Alice Truong of Quartz who will break down everything you need to know about the startup economy. Watch: DIY Filmmaking and the End of Hollywood (Episode 10) – Watch previous episodes of The Business of Life – All content is the sole property of VICE News. Materials presented are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily

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The Madam of the Brothel (Excerpt from ‘Sex Slaves of Bangladesh’)

Watch “Sex Slaves of Bangladesh” – Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim nations where prostitution is legal, and the country’s largest brothel is called Daulatdia, where more than 1,500 women and girls sell sex to thousands of men every day. Daulatdia is infamous for drug abuse and underage prostitution, and many of its sex workers are victims of sexual slavery who were trafficked into the area and sold to a pimp or a madam. They are forced to work off the fee that was paid for them, a debt that takes years to clear because they receive as little as a dollar for sex. VICE News visited the notorious Bangladeshi brothel — where human trafficking, underage prostitution, and drugs are commonplace — and met the traffickers and the trafficked, as well as the clientele.

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The Nepalese Honey That Makes People Hallucinate

Nepal’s Gurung people live mostly in small villages in the vast Annapurna mountain ranges. In this remote region, they practice an ancient tradition of honey hunting where they descend towering cliffs on handmade ladders, to harvest honey nestled under jagged overhangs. In spring, the Gurung’s honey contains a rare substance called grayanotoxin from rhododendron flowers that’s known for its intoxicating effects. While some accounts say it’s a deadly poison, others refer to it as an aphrodisiac, powerful medicine, and a hallucinogenic drug. VICE travelled deep into the Annapurna mountains to join a Gurung village on their spring hunt and understand Mad Honey’s effects. WATCH NEXT: Searching for Montenegro’s Illegal Blast Fishermen: Click here to subscribe

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