Raquel Carvalho

Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.
Raquel Carvalho
Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.

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China in Latin America: partner or predator?

Whether they're new colonisers or a vital source of cash and technology, the jury is out on Beijing's investment in the region – but one thing is certain, the US will not relinquish its control without a fight

25 May 2019 - 1:00AM

Whether they're new colonisers or a vital source of cash and technology, the jury is out on Beijing's investment in the region – but one thing is certain, the US will not relinquish its control without a fight

China in Latin America: partner or predator?
Non-profit group, which helps sex-trafficking victims, seeks tie-ups with ethical business partners in Hong Kong

Non-profit group AIM has rescued and provided support for hundreds of such victims

21 Apr 2019 - 10:53PM

Non-profit group AIM has rescued and provided support for hundreds of such victims

Non-profit group, which helps sex-trafficking victims, seeks tie-ups with ethical business partners in Hong Kong
Unregistered voters, Wi-fi woes led to long wait for Indonesian workers at polling stations in Hong Kong: election official

A report has been sent to Jakarta about migrants in Hong Kong who wanted to vote after polling stations closed on Sunday

17 Apr 2019 - 9:54PM

A report has been sent to Jakarta about migrants in Hong Kong who wanted to vote after polling stations closed on Sunday

Unregistered voters, Wi-fi woes led to long wait for Indonesian workers at polling stations in Hong Kong: election official
Indonesia says it will not extend voting period for Hong Kong-based citizens after complaints from people of being unable to vote on Sunday

Some voters said the long queues and poor organisation made them miss out on voting but electoral supervisor in Hong Kong maintains the arrangements were fair.

17 Apr 2019 - 10:27AM

Some voters said the long queues and poor organisation made them miss out on voting but electoral supervisor in Hong Kong maintains the arrangements were fair.

Indonesia says it will not extend voting period for Hong Kong-based citizens after complaints from people of being unable to vote on Sunday
Filipino domestic worker Baby Jane Allas wins HK$30,000 in damages after being fired over cancer diagnosis

Filipino Baby Jane Allas, who has stage-three cervical cancer, was fired in February after her employer found out about her diagnosis.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:57AM

Filipino Baby Jane Allas, who has stage-three cervical cancer, was fired in February after her employer found out about her diagnosis.

Filipino domestic worker Baby Jane Allas wins HK$30,000 in damages after being fired over cancer diagnosis
Could Hong Kong’s domestic workers sway the Indonesian election?

Political awareness among Indonesian domestic workers is higher than ever, as thousands are set to cast their vote in Hong Kong for elections in their home country

13 Apr 2019 - 10:59PM

Political awareness among Indonesian domestic workers is higher than ever, as thousands are set to cast their vote in Hong Kong for elections in their home country

Could Hong Kong’s domestic workers sway the Indonesian election?
‘Justice for Joan’: Supporters of Filipino domestic helper who died of cervical cancer face legal hurdles in fight to ‘restore her dignity’

Supporters of Joan Guting, who died of late-stage cervical cancer a year after being fired, are seeking damages for discrimination but face legal hurdles.

3 Apr 2019 - 8:44PM

Supporters of Joan Guting, who died of late-stage cervical cancer a year after being fired, are seeking damages for discrimination but face legal hurdles.

‘Justice for Joan’: Supporters of Filipino domestic helper who died of cervical cancer face legal hurdles in fight to ‘restore her dignity’
As ‘Snowden angels’ start new life in Canada, other asylum seekers in Hong Kong are filled with greater anxiety, hope

Former soldier Ajith Pushpakumara and a family of four from Sri Lanka hope to regain their freedom soon.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Former soldier Ajith Pushpakumara and a family of four from Sri Lanka hope to regain their freedom soon.

As ‘Snowden angels’ start new life in Canada, other asylum seekers in Hong Kong are filled with greater anxiety, hope
Did this US activist mastermind raid on North Korean embassy?

Spanish authorities claim Adrian Hong, a founder of Liberty in North Korea, led a group of 10 that stormed Pyongyang’s embassy in Madrid. In 2006, Hong was arrested in China while helping a group of North Korean defectors seek asylum.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:40AM

Spanish authorities claim Adrian Hong, a founder of Liberty in North Korea, led a group of 10 that stormed Pyongyang’s embassy in Madrid. In 2006, Hong was arrested in China while helping a group of North Korean defectors seek asylum.

Did this US activist mastermind raid on North Korean embassy?
Asylum seekers who sheltered Edward Snowden embrace new life in Canada after ‘living in hell’ in Hong Kong

Vanessa Mae Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter touch down in Toronto and prepare to settle in Montreal.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:23PM

Vanessa Mae Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter touch down in Toronto and prepare to settle in Montreal.

Asylum seekers who sheltered Edward Snowden embrace new life in Canada after ‘living in hell’ in Hong Kong
Outgoing Philippine labour official Jalilo Dela Torre urges domestic workers in Hong Kong to go for more health checks

Labour attaché Jalilo Dela Torre, who is expected to leave the city this month, has called on domestic workers in particular to go for medical check-ups amid mounting complaints at the consulate about health concerns.

3 Apr 2019 - 1:54PM

Labour attaché Jalilo Dela Torre, who is expected to leave the city this month, has called on domestic workers in particular to go for medical check-ups amid mounting complaints at the consulate about health concerns.

Outgoing Philippine labour official Jalilo Dela Torre urges domestic workers in Hong Kong to go for more health checks
Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?

The high-profile case of a worker from Myanmar, who was forced to eat her own vomit and barred from using the toilet, has again laid bare Asia’s toxic reliance on cheap labour. Is society ready to change?

24 Mar 2019 - 7:28PM

The high-profile case of a worker from Myanmar, who was forced to eat her own vomit and barred from using the toilet, has again laid bare Asia’s toxic reliance on cheap labour. Is society ready to change?

Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?
Cheollima Civil Defense wants to take on Kim Jong-un and free North Korea. Who are they, and do they have a shot?

The dissident group, said to be behind a February raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in Spain, has appealed to media not to reveal their members’ identities. Cheollima previously took credit for the 2017 extraction of Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-un’s assassinated brother.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:14PM

The dissident group, said to be behind a February raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in Spain, has appealed to media not to reveal their members’ identities. Cheollima previously took credit for the 2017 extraction of Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-un’s assassinated brother.

Cheollima Civil Defense wants to take on Kim Jong-un and free North Korea. Who are they, and do they have a shot?
‘Unfair’, ‘problematic’ Labour Department hearing in Hong Kong for Filipino domestic worker fired after employer found out she has cervical cancer

Baby Jane Allas, who has begun treatment after crowdfunding more than HK$800,000, was not allowed to be represented or accompanied by a lawyer, and was not provided with a professional interpreter despite not being fluent in English.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:05PM

Baby Jane Allas, who has begun treatment after crowdfunding more than HK$800,000, was not allowed to be represented or accompanied by a lawyer, and was not provided with a professional interpreter despite not being fluent in English.

‘Unfair’, ‘problematic’ Labour Department hearing in Hong Kong for Filipino domestic worker fired after employer found out she has cervical cancer
Some 100 new types of legal highs emerged in East and Southeast Asia in 2018: UN report

The report also said the supply of methamphetamine and other designer drugs in the region has reached “unprecedented levels”.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:54PM

The report also said the supply of methamphetamine and other designer drugs in the region has reached “unprecedented levels”.

Some 100 new types of legal highs emerged in East and Southeast Asia in 2018: UN report
Hong Kong and Singapore, Asia’s heavyweights, must lead the way in empowering women and promoting equality: UN director

Mohammad Naciri, director of the UN Women agency in Asia-Pacific, says both cities should use their wealth and international status to spearhead change

8 Mar 2019 - 9:06PM

Mohammad Naciri, director of the UN Women agency in Asia-Pacific, says both cities should use their wealth and international status to spearhead change

Hong Kong and Singapore, Asia’s heavyweights, must lead the way in empowering women and promoting equality: UN director
Migrant domestic workers prop up Hong Kong’s economy, so why are they excluded?

Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are more financially excluded and more in debt than those in Singapore and Malaysia.

6 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are more financially excluded and more in debt than those in Singapore and Malaysia.

Migrant domestic workers prop up Hong Kong’s economy, so why are they excluded?
Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong fired after employer found out she has cervical cancer

The Philippine national stands to lose access to free medical care, and supporters have launched an online fundraising drive on her behalf.

5 Mar 2019 - 12:24PM

The Philippine national stands to lose access to free medical care, and supporters have launched an online fundraising drive on her behalf.

Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong fired after employer found out she has cervical cancer
The invisible struggle: how thousands of female migrant workers lose their money and their children every year

Many women in Asia head overseas to feed their families but risk losing their children and money due to patriarchal rules at home.

23 Feb 2019 - 6:34PM

Many women in Asia head overseas to feed their families but risk losing their children and money due to patriarchal rules at home.

The invisible struggle: how thousands of female migrant workers lose their money and their children every year
A fisherman saved his life – now this traveller is returning the favour by rebuilding Lombok village devastated by earthquake

Ryan Clayton, an American tourist, was swimming at Gili Trawangan beach, near Bali, and nearly drowned when he was dragged out to sea. He will never forget the generosity of the man who rescued him or the kindness of his fellow villagers

25 Dec 2018 - 3:02PM

Ryan Clayton, an American tourist, was swimming at Gili Trawangan beach, near Bali, and nearly drowned when he was dragged out to sea. He will never forget the generosity of the man who rescued him or the kindness of his fellow villagers

A fisherman saved his life – now this traveller is returning the favour by rebuilding Lombok village devastated by earthquake
In Latin America, Big Brother China is watching you

The uptake of Chinese surveillance technology in the region sparks fears it could be subverted both by local governments and Beijing.

21 Dec 2018 - 3:43PM

The uptake of Chinese surveillance technology in the region sparks fears it could be subverted both by local governments and Beijing.

In Latin America, Big Brother China is watching you
In China, thousands of Myanmar women are forced into childbirth

More than 7,500 women from Myanmar were in forced marriages with Chinese men in the past five years, according to a new study

11 Dec 2018 - 7:38PM

More than 7,500 women from Myanmar were in forced marriages with Chinese men in the past five years, according to a new study

In China, thousands of Myanmar women are forced into childbirth
Hong Kong urged to investigate local partners of illegal recruiters arrested in the Philippines

Calls have emerged for the city’s authorities to look into ties between three people detained in the Philippines and local agents who allegedly charged domestic workers excessive job placement fees and withheld their passports

6 Dec 2018 - 10:13PM

Calls have emerged for the city’s authorities to look into ties between three people detained in the Philippines and local agents who allegedly charged domestic workers excessive job placement fees and withheld their passports

Hong Kong urged to investigate local partners of illegal recruiters arrested in the Philippines
Victims in the Philippines and Hong Kong await refunds amid crackdown on illegal recruiters
  • Dozens of workers claim they have been deceived into paying extra fees and are waiting to get thousands of pesos back, in cases linked to three suspects believed to have scammed workers after promising them jobs in Hong Kong.
6 Dec 2018 - 9:43PM
  • Dozens of workers claim they have been deceived into paying extra fees and are waiting to get thousands of pesos back, in cases linked to three suspects believed to have scammed workers after promising them jobs in Hong Kong.
Victims in the Philippines and Hong Kong await refunds amid crackdown on illegal recruiters
Fentanyl chemists are getting creative. Here’s how China plans to stop the deadly flow of drugs
  • Organised crime groups are beating controls by changing the chemical structures of lethal opioids. But a top UN expert says regulating the entire class of drugs in China will free authorities to act faster
6 Apr 2019 - 2:19AM
  • Organised crime groups are beating controls by changing the chemical structures of lethal opioids. But a top UN expert says regulating the entire class of drugs in China will free authorities to act faster
Fentanyl chemists are getting creative. Here’s how China plans to stop the deadly flow of drugs
We Are Like Air: life as a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong

Georgia and Xyza Cruz Bacani broke the cycle that faces so many helpers. Xyza, now an award-winning photographer, has published a book about her mother’s life – and the invisible, but essential role domestic workers play

2 Dec 2018 - 9:34PM

Georgia and Xyza Cruz Bacani broke the cycle that faces so many helpers. Xyza, now an award-winning photographer, has published a book about her mother’s life – and the invisible, but essential role domestic workers play

We Are Like Air: life as a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong
Philippine government warns of trafficking rings in Dubai illegally transporting Filipino workers to Iraq

Trafficking syndicates lure victims by offering to pay the cost of their travel to the United Arab Emirates, where they are told that high-paying jobs await

27 Nov 2018 - 10:49PM

Trafficking syndicates lure victims by offering to pay the cost of their travel to the United Arab Emirates, where they are told that high-paying jobs await

Philippine government warns of trafficking rings in Dubai illegally transporting Filipino workers to Iraq
Narcos: the hidden drug highways linking Asia and Latin America

As drug syndicates are expanding their global networks and forging deeper international connections, a growing number of vulnerable women and children are being trapped in the web.

6 Apr 2019 - 2:17AM

As drug syndicates are expanding their global networks and forging deeper international connections, a growing number of vulnerable women and children are being trapped in the web.

Narcos: the hidden drug highways linking Asia and Latin America
Surabaya redux: terror time bomb fears as Indonesia frees Islamic extremists

Six months after three families blew themselves up in Surabaya, killing 28, Indonesia is poised to release a wave of extremists from prison. And with Christmas and an election looming, experts fear terror will return.

18 Nov 2018 - 8:00AM

Six months after three families blew themselves up in Surabaya, killing 28, Indonesia is poised to release a wave of extremists from prison. And with Christmas and an election looming, experts fear terror will return.

Surabaya redux: terror time bomb fears as Indonesia frees Islamic extremists
Can Myanmar meeting stop the tide of meth ‘flooding’ the Asia-Pacific?

Record seizures have been reported in 2018, already surpassing the 70,000kg of methamphetamine intercepted last year. This oversupply is making the drug accessible to more people – mainly youngsters.

7 Nov 2018 - 10:54PM

Record seizures have been reported in 2018, already surpassing the 70,000kg of methamphetamine intercepted last year. This oversupply is making the drug accessible to more people – mainly youngsters.

Can Myanmar meeting stop the tide of meth ‘flooding’ the Asia-Pacific?