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On the ground: Caritas Hong Kong and the fight against human trafficking

While the low number of trafficking cases identified each year suggests that the problem is not severe in Hong Kong, the stories social worker Phoebe Lam has heard say otherwise.

18 Jul 2018 - 5:27PM

While the low number of trafficking cases identified each year suggests that the problem is not severe in Hong Kong, the stories social worker Phoebe Lam has heard say otherwise.

On the ground: Caritas Hong Kong and the fight against human trafficking
Confessions of a 'hit-woman'

In part one of our series on Hong Kong's oldest trades, SCMP.com spoke to the women who beat out a living performing an old Chinese ritual involving hitting a slipper to put a curse on a 'villain'. 

20 Mar 2013 - 5:40PM

In part one of our series on Hong Kong's oldest trades, SCMP.com spoke to the women who beat out a living performing an old Chinese ritual involving hitting a slipper to put a curse on a 'villain'. 

Confessions of a 'hit-woman'
Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

“Making dim sum isn’t easy," says chef Mak Gui-pui. “There are many factors that can influence the taste. Take barbecued pork buns - even the weather can affect the outcome,” he adds.

16 Sep 2013 - 3:06PM

“Making dim sum isn’t easy," says chef Mak Gui-pui. “There are many factors that can influence the taste. Take barbecued pork buns - even the weather can affect the outcome,” he adds.

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim
Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies

In the third episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a design graduate tells of his decision to take up his father’s craft of making Taoist paper effigies used to communicate with the dead.

30 Apr 2013 - 6:12PM

In the third episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a design graduate tells of his decision to take up his father’s craft of making Taoist paper effigies used to communicate with the dead.

Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies
No cutting corners: The artistry of the ancient qipao tailor

In this second episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a third generation tailor tells us the history of qipao, and why the art of Chinese tailoring has a special place in his heart.

21 Mar 2013 - 7:37AM

In this second episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a third generation tailor tells us the history of qipao, and why the art of Chinese tailoring has a special place in his heart.

No cutting corners: The artistry of the ancient qipao tailor
How calorie-counting and supermarkets are hitting Hong Kong's rice shops where it hurts
Whistleblower Edward Snowden hailed as hero on social media
False alarm quarantine gives me confidence in Hong Kong's H7N9 preparedness
The anti-Google: DuckDuckGo search engine gets traffic boost after Snowden leaks
Google encouraging women to use internet as a business tool
Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries under fire for 'harmful' anti-plus-size policy
New strategy to close the net on sex traffickers in Hong Kong

Justice officials will record and map cases of sex trafficking, enforced labour and abuse of domestic helpers in the fight against what Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos has described as "modern-day slavery".

10 Mar 2013 - 1:37PM

Justice officials will record and map cases of sex trafficking, enforced labour and abuse of domestic helpers in the fight against what Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos has described as "modern-day slavery".

New strategy to close the net on sex traffickers in Hong Kong
When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about the dying art

30 Apr 2013 - 6:10PM

Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about the dying art

When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing
My thought-provoking encounter with a migrant worker
'Anti-social' media app a big hit with people wanting to avoid friends
Hint of death kills use of number 4 in Toronto town Richmond Hill

Toronto's Richmond Hill suburb, home to many Hong Kong and mainland Chinese immigrants, has banned "4" from new street addresses, a move that some residents in one of Canada's wealthiest communities say amounts to "town planning by superstition".

30 Jun 2013 - 5:07AM

Toronto's Richmond Hill suburb, home to many Hong Kong and mainland Chinese immigrants, has banned "4" from new street addresses, a move that some residents in one of Canada's wealthiest communities say amounts to "town planning by superstition".

Hint of death kills use of number 4 in Toronto town Richmond Hill
Social media app helps people avoid friends
Two Thai sex slaves in Hong Kong rescued by consulate

Two Thai women lured to Hong Kong with the promise of well-paid jobs but forced to work in a brothel made a daring escape last week, hiding at the airport before being rescued by Thai officials.

14 Jul 2013 - 6:00AM

Two Thai women lured to Hong Kong with the promise of well-paid jobs but forced to work in a brothel made a daring escape last week, hiding at the airport before being rescued by Thai officials.

Two Thai sex slaves in Hong Kong rescued by consulate
Domestic workers in Hong Kong get short end of the stick
First YouTube, now Weibo: US filmmakers Wong Fu Productions return to roots
Thai consul says sex traffickers tried to trick escapees back to Hong Kong brothel
Thai tourist recalls her sex slavery ordeal in Hong Kong

When Nong packed her bags for a trip to Hong Kong in 2009, she knew she would miss her three young children and husband in Thailand but felt a short break would do her good. But just hours after she arrived in the city, Nong (not her real name) was plunged into a nightmare that involved kidnap, rape, and threats to her family back home.

11 Mar 2013 - 9:16AM

When Nong packed her bags for a trip to Hong Kong in 2009, she knew she would miss her three young children and husband in Thailand but felt a short break would do her good. But just hours after she arrived in the city, Nong (not her real name) was plunged into a nightmare that involved kidnap, rape, and threats to her family back home.

Thai tourist recalls her sex slavery ordeal in Hong Kong