Reflect and increase your awareness

How often do you reflect on missed opportunities? Every day I learn more and more about modern day slavery and human trafficking in the United States. One story comes to mind as I wonder what potential signals I’ve missed in the past.

When I was a young officer in the United States Navy there was a senior officer in my unit with a strong fascination with Thailand. The country has a reputation for being an adult amusement park. Unfortunately, this includes the easy access to prostitutes and other forms of sexual deviances. This particular officer had a couple of magazines in his desk that were catalogues of women from various areas of the world, such as Thailand and Eastern Europe. He was proud of his magazine stash and was always ready to talk about his post military aspirations of returning to the adult ‘Candyland.’ Bear in mind, this was before the proliferation of the world wide web as we know it today. So these magazines were the precursor.

As I reflect, I wonder if I missed signals that the individual was involved in the industries of slavery and human trafficking. Of course, I chose to believe the individual didn’t but a little part of me wonders. I try not to dwell on the past but I believe it’s important to reflect on experiences. With these lessons learned an individual grows their sense of situational awareness so they are better prepared the next time similar signals are presented. My awareness continues to grow stronger. I encourage everyone to reflect and increase their situational awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Together we can shine a light on the cockroaches who hurt the innocent and voiceless.


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About the author: When Walter is not writing for the “Change Clothes. Change Lives Blog,” he’s spends his free-time in pursuit of an MBA at the University of Tampa, where he found his calling into social entrepreneurship. From time to time, he can also be found flying around Tampa’s airspace in a small Cessna or dancing Argentine Tango at a local Milonga.


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