Raquel Carvalho

Hong Kong

Raquel Carvalho

Asia Correspondent

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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They stole my mother’s organs: a Vietnamese human trafficking victim on going to the UK

Nguyen was just a child when he and his mother were captured in Vietnam. He was trafficked to the UK and forced to work on a cannabis farm before finally being rescued.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:17AM

Nguyen was just a child when he and his mother were captured in Vietnam. He was trafficked to the UK and forced to work on a cannabis farm before finally being rescued.

They stole my mother’s organs: a Vietnamese human trafficking victim on going to the UK
Why are so many Vietnamese risking their lives with human traffickers to reach the UK?

The 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck in Essex are just the tip of the iceberg; thousands of others are working illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:15AM

The 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck in Essex are just the tip of the iceberg; thousands of others are working illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

Why are so many Vietnamese risking their lives with human traffickers to reach the UK?
‘What do I tell them?’ When children ask about Hong Kong protests

Violent street clashes and youngsters on the front lines – these are the memories of 2019 for many of the city’s children. Psychologists worry about the toll.

2 Dec 2019 - 9:40AM

Violent street clashes and youngsters on the front lines – these are the memories of 2019 for many of the city’s children. Psychologists worry about the toll.

‘What do I tell them?’ When children ask about Hong Kong protests
Writers ‘can’t turn blind eye’ to migration issues in Trump’s America, says author Cristina Rivera Garza

The award-winning author says writers in Trump’s America play a crucial role at a time of harsh migration policies and hate speech against foreigners.

18 Nov 2019 - 12:42PM

The award-winning author says writers in Trump’s America play a crucial role at a time of harsh migration policies and hate speech against foreigners.

Writers ‘can’t turn blind eye’ to migration issues in Trump’s America, says author Cristina Rivera Garza
Meet Ah V, the stand-up comic standing up for Hong Kong

Award-winning comic Vivek Mahbubani is among the rare few Hong Kong artists going public with their support for the city’s protest movement

26 Oct 2019 - 4:45PM

Award-winning comic Vivek Mahbubani is among the rare few Hong Kong artists going public with their support for the city’s protest movement

Meet Ah V, the stand-up comic standing up for Hong Kong
Amid protests for democracy, Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities strive to be heard

Hong Kong’s protests lay bare a paradox for ethnic minorities: some are welcomed for joining in, others are made scapegoats. Old stereotypes die hard, even among those calling for equality.

7 Nov 2019 - 8:34PM

Hong Kong’s protests lay bare a paradox for ethnic minorities: some are welcomed for joining in, others are made scapegoats. Old stereotypes die hard, even among those calling for equality.

Amid protests for democracy, Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities strive to be heard
Hong Kong’s Snowden refugees appeal to Trudeau ahead of Canadian election

Asylum seekers who helped the American whistle-blower in Hong Kong urge the Canadian prime minister to grant their appeals before an election that could end his time in power.

17 Oct 2019 - 2:33AM

Asylum seekers who helped the American whistle-blower in Hong Kong urge the Canadian prime minister to grant their appeals before an election that could end his time in power.

Hong Kong’s Snowden refugees appeal to Trudeau ahead of Canadian election
‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report

Chief executive said she expected a heavy defeat for pro-establishment camp in upcoming district council elections.

15 Oct 2019 - 9:55AM

Chief executive said she expected a heavy defeat for pro-establishment camp in upcoming district council elections.

‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report
As Duterte’s drugs war rages on in the Philippines, nation’s children are paying the price

Hundreds of youngsters in the slums of Manila are plunging further into poverty as families are torn apart by drug-related killings, new research finds.

13 Oct 2019 - 9:25PM

Hundreds of youngsters in the slums of Manila are plunging further into poverty as families are torn apart by drug-related killings, new research finds.

As Duterte’s drugs war rages on in the Philippines, nation’s children are paying the price
Hong Kong democrat Martin Lee and Cardinal Joseph Zen say Beijing kept tabs on Catholic meeting in Portugal

Martin Lee and Cardinal Joseph Zen claim Chinese agents kept tabs on them at a conference in the holy city of Fátima, where Hong Kong’s protests and Sino-Vatican ties were being discussed.

20 Sep 2019 - 3:57AM

Martin Lee and Cardinal Joseph Zen claim Chinese agents kept tabs on them at a conference in the holy city of Fátima, where Hong Kong’s protests and Sino-Vatican ties were being discussed.

Hong Kong democrat Martin Lee and Cardinal Joseph Zen say Beijing kept tabs on Catholic meeting in Portugal
Hong Kong social enterprise claims ‘unfair treatment’ in investigation launched by Philippine labour secretary

Philippine labour secretary ordered a probe in Hong Kong following the introduction of a new online database for the placement of domestic workers, but the company behind the platform says the system is sound.

6 Sep 2019 - 8:50PM

Philippine labour secretary ordered a probe in Hong Kong following the introduction of a new online database for the placement of domestic workers, but the company behind the platform says the system is sound.

Hong Kong social enterprise claims ‘unfair treatment’ in investigation launched by Philippine labour secretary
#ProtestToo: the women at the forefront of Hong Kong’s anti-government movement

Female protesters are increasingly engaged in face-offs with the police as the city’s summer of discontent rages on. Some say the movement has helped change stereotypes but it has also seen reports of sexual violence and harassment.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:43PM

Female protesters are increasingly engaged in face-offs with the police as the city’s summer of discontent rages on. Some say the movement has helped change stereotypes but it has also seen reports of sexual violence and harassment.

#ProtestToo: the women at the forefront of Hong Kong’s anti-government movement
Thousands gather at #MeToo rally to demand Hong Kong police answer accusations of sexual violence against protesters

Local women’s group says ‘police are using sexual violence as an instrument of intimidation’ – an accusation senior officers deny.

29 Aug 2019 - 1:17AM

Local women’s group says ‘police are using sexual violence as an instrument of intimidation’ – an accusation senior officers deny.

Thousands gather at #MeToo rally to demand Hong Kong police answer accusations of sexual violence against protesters
Macau poll finds support for universal suffrage to elect city’s chief executive; vote organisers faced threats and attacks

Almost all respondents to the unofficial online poll supported a change from the current system, which see the chief executive chosen by a 400-member committee of business leaders and other society representatives.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Almost all respondents to the unofficial online poll supported a change from the current system, which see the chief executive chosen by a 400-member committee of business leaders and other society representatives.

Macau poll finds support for universal suffrage to elect city’s chief executive; vote organisers faced threats and attacks
Meet Macau’s new chief executive Ho Iat-seng: a media-shy Beijing loyalist with deep mainland ties

Despite keeping a low profile, Ho Iat-seng’s name had been floated numerous times over the past few years as a potential candidate for the city’s top job.

25 Aug 2019 - 7:31PM

Despite keeping a low profile, Ho Iat-seng’s name had been floated numerous times over the past few years as a potential candidate for the city’s top job.

Meet Macau’s new chief executive Ho Iat-seng: a media-shy Beijing loyalist with deep mainland ties
Ho Iat-seng will be new city leader of Macau, China’s gambling hub

Businessman elected uncontested as Macau’s chief executive by a 400-strong committee comprised mostly of pro-Beijing elites.

26 Aug 2019 - 12:04AM

Businessman elected uncontested as Macau’s chief executive by a 400-strong committee comprised mostly of pro-Beijing elites.

Ho Iat-seng will be new city leader of Macau, China’s gambling hub
Macau pro-democracy website suspends vote on universal suffrage after suspected cyberattacks from mainland China

The citizen-run platform aimed to spark discussions around universal suffrage in the city, but was prematurely suspended due to ‘abnormalities’ after previously being targeted by hackers.

24 Aug 2019 - 10:38PM

The citizen-run platform aimed to spark discussions around universal suffrage in the city, but was prematurely suspended due to ‘abnormalities’ after previously being targeted by hackers.

Macau pro-democracy website suspends vote on universal suffrage after suspected cyberattacks from mainland China
How the Hong Kong protests inspire Macau’s youth – and teach their government to be wary

Youngsters from Macau are drawn to the demonstrations as their more conservative society lacks an avenue for them to express political views, while the local government is avoiding measures that could cause unrest

16 Aug 2019 - 6:23PM

Youngsters from Macau are drawn to the demonstrations as their more conservative society lacks an avenue for them to express political views, while the local government is avoiding measures that could cause unrest

How the Hong Kong protests inspire Macau’s youth – and teach their government to be wary
Police ban marches as Hong Kong readies for 11th weekend of mass anti-government protests

Authorities cite 18 demonstrations since June that ended in violence and injuries – but rallies on Friday and Sunday get the green light.

16 Aug 2019 - 5:59PM

Authorities cite 18 demonstrations since June that ended in violence and injuries – but rallies on Friday and Sunday get the green light.

Police ban marches as Hong Kong readies for 11th weekend of mass anti-government protests
Macau’s lone candidate for city leader Ho Iat-seng doubles down on ‘one county, two systems’ principle and vows to boost patriotism

Business veteran vows to boost patriotism among the city’s young people, serving as an example for Taiwan

10 Aug 2019 - 11:22PM

Business veteran vows to boost patriotism among the city’s young people, serving as an example for Taiwan

Macau’s lone candidate for city leader Ho Iat-seng doubles down on ‘one county, two systems’ principle and vows to boost patriotism
Syria’s devastating war through the eyes of a Hong Kong nurse

Walter Leung Wai-yin has been on several missions for the Red Cross, but his latest to a hospital in the Al Hol camp has left him with vivid images of young, helpless victims of the war in Syria

11 Aug 2019 - 9:59PM

Walter Leung Wai-yin has been on several missions for the Red Cross, but his latest to a hospital in the Al Hol camp has left him with vivid images of young, helpless victims of the war in Syria

Syria’s devastating war through the eyes of a Hong Kong nurse
Hope for Baby Jane: cancer-stricken Filipino domestic worker on road to recovery

Sacked after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, the former domestic worker continues to fight for justice as she awaits a decision from Hong Kong’s equality watchdog.

4 Aug 2019 - 10:42PM

Sacked after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, the former domestic worker continues to fight for justice as she awaits a decision from Hong Kong’s equality watchdog.

Hope for Baby Jane: cancer-stricken Filipino domestic worker on road to recovery
Exploitation of Filipino domestic workers ‘widespread’ in the US, new report shows

Employer-traffickers control domestic workers by withholding their earnings, misrepresenting the job, making them work excessive hours and subjecting them to emotional abuse.

4 Aug 2019 - 7:45AM

Employer-traffickers control domestic workers by withholding their earnings, misrepresenting the job, making them work excessive hours and subjecting them to emotional abuse.

Exploitation of Filipino domestic workers ‘widespread’ in the US, new report shows
Why Philippine consulate’s new tracking system is unsettling Hong Kong employment agencies

Its developer says it will root out bad actors and help protect the rights of Filipino workers in Hong Kong, but opponents fear conflicts of interest and the data being misused.

29 Jul 2019 - 2:08PM

Its developer says it will root out bad actors and help protect the rights of Filipino workers in Hong Kong, but opponents fear conflicts of interest and the data being misused.

Why Philippine consulate’s new tracking system is unsettling Hong Kong employment agencies
Portugal: a new home for those who fear Hong Kong’s fate?

Frustration over the extradition bill and worries over the erosion of the city’s freedoms have resulted in a surge in number of Hongkongers considering migration, and Portugal is growing in popularity for those seeking access to Europe. 

6 Aug 2019 - 12:35PM

Frustration over the extradition bill and worries over the erosion of the city’s freedoms have resulted in a surge in number of Hongkongers considering migration, and Portugal is growing in popularity for those seeking access to Europe. 

Portugal: a new home for those who fear Hong Kong’s fate?
Activists renew calls for controversial US$50 billion Nicaragua Canal project to be cancelled as Chinese tycoon’s cash runs dry

A deal between the Nicaraguan government and the Chinese company includes a clause that would allow parts of the project to be cancelled this year. But groups fear another agreement would be drawn up to pursue the project, which aims to rival the Panama Canal

30 Jun 2019 - 10:00PM

A deal between the Nicaraguan government and the Chinese company includes a clause that would allow parts of the project to be cancelled this year. But groups fear another agreement would be drawn up to pursue the project, which aims to rival the Panama Canal

Activists renew calls for controversial US$50 billion Nicaragua Canal project to be cancelled as Chinese tycoon’s cash runs dry
‘We don’t have a life here’: family of ‘Snowden refugees’ torn apart as Canada considers asylum request

Sri Lankan family in Hong Kong who helped shelter American whistle-blower Edward Snowden say they fear for their lives and call on Canada to grant them refuge.

29 May 2019 - 1:41PM

Sri Lankan family in Hong Kong who helped shelter American whistle-blower Edward Snowden say they fear for their lives and call on Canada to grant them refuge.

‘We don’t have a life here’: family of ‘Snowden refugees’ torn apart as Canada considers asylum request
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