Raquel Carvalho

Raquel is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP. 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 is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP. 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

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.