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.

Latest from Raquel Carvalho

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
4 Dec 2018 - 7:02PM
  • 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.

26 Nov 2018 - 4:07PM

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?
Brazil nut: will ‘Tropical Trump’ Bolsonaro’s anti-China front crack?

Far-right President Bolsonaro has angered Beijing with a visit to Taiwan and Trump-style anti-Chinese rhetoric. But Brazil’s economy is sorely reliant on China, its largest trading partner since 2009.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

Far-right President Bolsonaro has angered Beijing with a visit to Taiwan and Trump-style anti-Chinese rhetoric. But Brazil’s economy is sorely reliant on China, its largest trading partner since 2009.

Brazil nut: will ‘Tropical Trump’ Bolsonaro’s anti-China front crack?
The slave who took on Hong Kong

Trafficked to the city and forced to endure unpaid work, abuse, threats and hunger, this man sued the government. A decade after his ordeal began, he is still fighting for a change in the law that could help others like him.

31 Oct 2018 - 1:49PM

Trafficked to the city and forced to endure unpaid work, abuse, threats and hunger, this man sued the government. A decade after his ordeal began, he is still fighting for a change in the law that could help others like him.

The slave who took on Hong Kong
Fake Hong Kong diamonds by Nirav Modi cost me US$200,000 – and my fiancée

Spare a thought for Paul Alfonso. Rich and in love, he bought two diamonds in Hong Kong from the master jeweller suspected of the biggest bank fraud in Indian history. After all, he thought: this was Nirav, what could go wrong...

9 Oct 2018 - 11:32AM

Spare a thought for Paul Alfonso. Rich and in love, he bought two diamonds in Hong Kong from the master jeweller suspected of the biggest bank fraud in Indian history. After all, he thought: this was Nirav, what could go wrong...

Fake Hong Kong diamonds by Nirav Modi cost me US$200,000 – and my fiancée
Chinese influence on rise in East Timor? ‘Nonsense’, says former president José Ramos-Horta

“It’s a cliché and it’s silly”, says former president and Nobel Peace laureate José Ramos-Horta, who is in Hong Kong to launch his new book.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

“It’s a cliché and it’s silly”, says former president and Nobel Peace laureate José Ramos-Horta, who is in Hong Kong to launch his new book.

Chinese influence on rise in East Timor? ‘Nonsense’, says former president José Ramos-Horta
Medecins Sans Frontieres wants legal status for Rohingya
From Hong Kong to US, expat Pakistanis wanted to vote. Now they Khan

Money isn’t the only thing overseas workers can send home if they want to help change Pakistan. In October, under an internet pilot scheme, they can send electronic ballots too.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Money isn’t the only thing overseas workers can send home if they want to help change Pakistan. In October, under an internet pilot scheme, they can send electronic ballots too.

From Hong Kong to US, expat Pakistanis wanted to vote. Now they Khan
Macau: the incredible poverty at the heart of world’s richest place

Macau, which is expected to have the highest per capita income in two years, may be soaring to new heights of wealth, but for many in the shadows of its shimmering casinos life is lived paycheque to paycheque.

16 Jan 2019 - 12:04PM

Macau, which is expected to have the highest per capita income in two years, may be soaring to new heights of wealth, but for many in the shadows of its shimmering casinos life is lived paycheque to paycheque.

Macau: the incredible poverty at the heart of world’s richest place
How to save Hong Kong maids from loan sharks

Social enterprises and non-profit organisations are using apps and other tools to cut costs and offer cheaper loans to foreign domestic workers across Asia, who are often excluded from traditional banking.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Social enterprises and non-profit organisations are using apps and other tools to cut costs and offer cheaper loans to foreign domestic workers across Asia, who are often excluded from traditional banking.

How to save Hong Kong maids from loan sharks
Dubai to Hong Kong, follow the money (laundering)

Glittering skyscrapers, runaway real estate markets and back stories as sleepy fishing villages turned international finance centres aren’t the only things linking the two cities.

6 Aug 2018 - 4:20PM

Glittering skyscrapers, runaway real estate markets and back stories as sleepy fishing villages turned international finance centres aren’t the only things linking the two cities.

Dubai to Hong Kong, follow the money (laundering)
‘Islamic extremists persecuted us, now we’re trapped in Hong Kong’

Coptic Christians Hani Shalaby and Sawsan Elshafey have suffered for their faith, enduring torture and incarceration in their native Egypt before fleeing to Asia. But the attacks, abuse and detention didn’t stop there.

29 Jul 2018 - 10:11AM

Coptic Christians Hani Shalaby and Sawsan Elshafey have suffered for their faith, enduring torture and incarceration in their native Egypt before fleeing to Asia. But the attacks, abuse and detention didn’t stop there.

‘Islamic extremists persecuted us, now we’re trapped in Hong Kong’
Hong Kong and Islamabad considering chartered flights to deport Pakistani asylum seekers, top envoy says

Critics point to city’s low acceptance rates and say plan is being decided without proper screening procedures in place.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Critics point to city’s low acceptance rates and say plan is being decided without proper screening procedures in place.

Hong Kong and Islamabad considering chartered flights to deport Pakistani asylum seekers, top envoy says
The data that lays bare the hidden links in Hong Kong’s domestic helper employment industry

While agencies and moneylenders sharing addresses may not suggest anything illegal, developers say they want to arm workers and employers with knowledge of who they are dealing with.

16 Jul 2018 - 9:57AM

While agencies and moneylenders sharing addresses may not suggest anything illegal, developers say they want to arm workers and employers with knowledge of who they are dealing with.

The data that lays bare the hidden links in Hong Kong’s domestic helper employment industry