illegal

The VICE Guide to Right Now

Vapes and E-Cigarettes Could Soon Be Classified as ‘Drugs’ in India

Does the device considered a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes deserve to be criminalised while tobacco companies continue to get away?
Shamani Joshi
6.17.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Indian Clothes Factories Have Been Busted Giving Employees Illegal 'Painkillers' That Are Messing With Their Periods

To ensure max productivity, the unmarked pills are given under strict supervision and often lead to side-effects like depression, UTIs and miscarriages.
Shamani Joshi
6.13.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Smearing a Cake on Someone’s Face in Public Can Get You Arrested in This Indian State

Even using chemical foam and adhesive tape out in the open is now illegal.
Shamani Joshi
5.15.19
Social Media

Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

The interim ban by the Indian Supreme Court has led to the removal of the Chinese app from Google Play and Apple stores. But digital activists say the move might be reducing India to a “nanny state”.
Pallavi Pundir
4.18.19
crime

An Indian Gun Smuggler Talks About Cheap Knock-Offs Taking Over the Illegal Gun Trade

“You bring any Chinese gun or a even a Kalashnikov to them (children trained in the craft), and they can replicate it to be one as good as the original."
Zeyad Masroor Khan
2.21.19
NSFW

A Small-Town 'Sexy Video' Seller Tells Us About the Porn Habits of His Indian Village

'Hanuman Chalisa' acts as a code word, and women send their kids with chits detailing what they want.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
11.14.18
Travel

Meet the Illegal Moped Racers of Jakarta

"You can never get enough of the adrenaline rush. And being on a chase with a cop makes a race a lot more fun."
Stanley Widianto
5.12.18
poaching

Indonesian Police Bust Ivory Trade Syndicate

Sumatran elephants have been pushed to the brink of extinction by hunters seeking their ivory.
Adi Renaldi
4.21.17
North Korean

Cash for Kim: North Korean Forced Laborers in Poland

VICE gained exclusive access to documents that reveal the wages of North Korean laborers in Poland before the Kim regime's deductions.
Sebastian Weis
2.27.17