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Welcome to the final DESIrE newsletter!

Welcome back to the DESIrE Newsletter! As the DESIrE project is coming to its close, this will be our final issue. In this edition, you will be able to read about our final outputs. We promise, you will not be disappointed.

Warm regards,
The DESIrE Consortium


Final outputs


Comparative report on understanding demand for sexual services, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and existing law and policies in three European countries (Croatia, The Netherlands and Poland)

After months of fieldwork in our case study countries, seeking to assess the understanding of various stakeholders on selling sex, trafficking in human beings, sexual exploitation and the laws and policies regulating sex work, we have now produced a comparative report outlining all of our research findings from the fieldwork. Do not miss the opportunity to read this thorough report that outlines some of the core findings of our research. Click here to read it.


DESIrE Final report and recommendations

You read our comparative report straight through and did not get enough of it? Or you are wondering how these empirical findings interact with the rest of our findings? Rest assured, our final report is there for you. Not only does it integrate all the work we did in the last two years, but it also outlines our final conclusions and recommendations. In this report, you will find the essence of our two years of research. What are you waiting for? It is just here.


Handbook on demand in the context of human trafficking for sexual exploitation

For those of you who would rather get the gist of our research in a condensed (but no less informative!) version of the final report, our handbook is right what you need. This little leaflet will tell you all you need to know about demand in the context of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and about our final conclusions and recommendations. If you wish to receive a hard copy of it, you can send an email to Unfortunately, we have only limited copies available, so they will be sent on a first come first served basis.


Final DESIrE Conference

On 13 December 2018, the DESIrE project held a conference in Brussels to present all of our findings. All of these reports and handbook were presented there. You missed it? Check out our summary here. We first started by presenting an overview of the objectives of the project; we then outlined the core concepts integral to our research on demand reduction in the context of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation; and we described the laws and policies of our four case study countries before discussing ways to combat sexual exploitation. In the end, we also discussed alternative ways to legislation to combat trafficking in human beings.



Online lecture on alternatives to legislation to curb human trafficking

If you are thinking "Wait a minute, I did not know that there were alternatives to legislation to combat trafficking! I wonder what these are...", the DESIrE team has, once again, prepared something for you. Besides the two briefing papers that we produced on that topic, we also cooked up a little online lecture for you. It is only 15 minutes and summarises all the non-legislative tools we worked on.


Project News


Do you remember our blogpost on direct field assistance to persons selling sex drafted by our Croatian team? The saga continues with the second part of this blogpost. In this sequel, our Croatian team outlines the reasons and ways sex workers entered the sex industry in Croatia, the hostile environment they work in and their fears. It also outlines the reasons given by the clients on why they purchase sex services, and what they are looking for. It concludes by reminding the importance of taking the voices of sex workers into account, especially when crafting laws affecting them.


Unfortunately, our project is now finished. You can still access all our findings on our website, and learn all you need to know about demand in the context of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in our online training package.