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

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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

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
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.
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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...

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
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.

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
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.

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: 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.

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
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.

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
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.

‘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
‘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.

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
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.

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
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.

Give Hong Kong’s asylum seekers the right to work, NGO leader says

Tom Franz from Branches of Hope calls for path to residency for protection claimants, most of whom arrive in the city from Pakistan, Bangladesh or India.

7 Jul 2018 - 11:49PM
Give Hong Kong’s asylum seekers the right to work, NGO leader says

Tom Franz from Branches of Hope calls for path to residency for protection claimants, most of whom arrive in the city from Pakistan, Bangladesh or India.

Rights lawyers slam Hong Kong plans to tighten asylum procedures, calling proposals ‘wholly unreasonable’

Officials aim to shorten the time allowed for applications and limit translation services to address a backlog of cases, but legal experts say claimants need greater support.

7 Jul 2018 - 10:59PM
Rights lawyers slam Hong Kong plans to tighten asylum procedures, calling proposals ‘wholly unreasonable’

Officials aim to shorten the time allowed for applications and limit translation services to address a backlog of cases, but legal experts say claimants need greater support.

Call for action on Hong Kong moneylenders forcing Indonesian and Filipino domestic helpers to hand over passports

Diplomats from Indonesia and the Philippines say they are ‘deeply concerned’ about illegal demand, associated with unscrupulous lenders charging massive interest rates.

7 Jul 2018 - 2:03PM
Call for action on Hong Kong moneylenders forcing Indonesian and Filipino domestic helpers to hand over passports

Diplomats from Indonesia and the Philippines say they are ‘deeply concerned’ about illegal demand, associated with unscrupulous lenders charging massive interest rates.

Oliver Stone, other celebrities urge Canada to protect Edward Snowden’s Hong Kong ‘guardian angels’

Award-winning filmmaker leads chorus of support for seven who sheltered former US contractor as they begin to run out of options.

6 Jul 2018 - 8:47AM
Oliver Stone, other celebrities urge Canada to protect Edward Snowden’s Hong Kong ‘guardian angels’

Award-winning filmmaker leads chorus of support for seven who sheltered former US contractor as they begin to run out of options.

Philippine labour attaché who fought for rights of migrant workers in Hong Kong ‘highly unlikely’ to return to city

Jalilo Dela Torre was recalled from Hong Kong in March with community leaders suggesting the move was tied to his outspoken views on human trafficking and dodgy employment agencies.

1 Jul 2018 - 9:34PM
Philippine labour attaché who fought for rights of migrant workers in Hong Kong ‘highly unlikely’ to return to city

Jalilo Dela Torre was recalled from Hong Kong in March with community leaders suggesting the move was tied to his outspoken views on human trafficking and dodgy employment agencies.

Philippines envoy urges Hong Kong government to open city up to more skilled workers

Consul general Antonio A Morales discusses domestic workers, illegal fees, abuse shelters, and the threat of Hong Kong losing out to the mainland in first in-depth interview.

1 Jul 2018 - 9:34PM
Philippines envoy urges Hong Kong government to open city up to more skilled workers

Consul general Antonio A Morales discusses domestic workers, illegal fees, abuse shelters, and the threat of Hong Kong losing out to the mainland in first in-depth interview.