Marta Robles, at UCJC: “We must get our young people to be moved by the pain of others”

The students and professors at Camilo José Cela University were given the opportunity to attend, and follow live online, the presentation of the latest book by the writer Marta Robles, La chica a la que no supiste amar, published by Planeta Libros.

As part of the Constitutional Law and Human Rights subject on the UCJC Degree in Criminology and Security, the well-known writer personally explained the importance of leaning more about trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, a subject explored in this novel. We had the chance to interview her.

Question: Welcome to Camilo José Cela University Marta. What is your new novel about?

Answer: La chica a la que no supiste amar is the third novel in the series starring detective Roures, who is a former war correspondent investigating cases of infidelity that will lead to much more important matters. In this case, he is going to have to investigate a sexual trafficking network, particularly in relation to Nigerian women. The plot leads to a reflection precisely on the exploitation of women that will alternate with a case of infidelity and another of trafficking in adulterated pills. Fundamentally, it dives into the sordid world of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and that “b-side” of society that is led by the very bad bad guys that we all know, and others who are not so obvious, but who are also part of our lives.

Q: How important is it to reach out to young people to talk about these issues?

A: It is always a pleasure to come to Camilo José Cela University, and an honour. I think this university is very committed to young people’s classical education and spiritual education. I think we have to help the young people to be more empathetic and compassionate. I commented before that “the bad guys are bad when the pain of others does not suit them”, as Shakespeare said, but we have to get our young people to be moved by the pain of others. That is why it was so important for me to bring my novel and tell them about a murky and terrible world, which is that of trafficking in women for sexual exploitation, that many times they may think that it is alien to theirs and that it is outside our borders, however, it is very present in Spain with cases that we can describe perfectly. I believe that it is very important that young people know that trafficked women are slaves and that when they approach a brothel, or a street, or a woman who supposedly sells her body of her own free will, in most cases what they are doing is contributing to the slavery of human beings.