Therese Blanchet studied social anthropology at the Universite de Montreal, the New School for Social Research in New York and University College in London, UK. She has carried out research in Bangladesh since 1978 after working with the Inuit in Canada and the Basotho in Africa. In Bangladesh for the last 29 years, she has conducted studies on numerous topics including child birth, ritual pollution, maternal health, sexualities, prostitution, brothels, childhood and child labour. She has been involved in cross border female labour migration and trafficking issues since 2000. She directs the Drishti Research Centre. She is the author of lost Innocence, Stolen Childhoods (UPL, Dhaka 1996, 1999, 2001) and Women, Pollution and Marginality : Meanings and Rituals of Birth in Rural Bangladesh (UPL, Dhaka, 1984). Her research articles have appeared in numerous journals.