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In this episode, Dr. Tami Patzer talks with Lynda Herring, a licensed private investigator with more than 42 years of experience. Lynda is an expert in various types of investigations, including a passionate focus on fighting human trafficking and financial extortion involving children.

Lynda’s background is fascinating – she was originally headed for a career as a ballerina until a police chase on her way to work shattered her kneecap and ended that dream. She then pivoted to law enforcement and eventually became a private investigator, discovering a knack and deep commitment to this line of work. Over the decades, Lynda has seen dramatic changes in the field, with the rise of the internet and social media creating new and dangerous challenges, especially when it comes to the exploitation of children.

Lynda delves into the alarming ways that online predators are targeting young people, often posing as attractive teenagers themselves to gain their trust. She exposes how these criminals use tactics like financial extortion, coercing children – often boys involved in sports – to send explicit photos or videos, which are then used to blackmail them. The consequences can be devastating, with Lynda sharing the tragic stories of teenage boys who have taken their own lives after being victimized.

This is a must-listen episode for any parent or caregiver who wants to protect the young people in their lives. Lynda provides invaluable advice on the warning signs to watch for, the importance of open communication, and the resources available to report and address these crimes. She emphasizes that children need to know they have a safe adult they can turn to without fear of judgment or punishment.

If you want to learn more about Lynda Herring and her work, you can visit her website at ljbinvestigations.com or connect with her on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. She is passionate about educating the public and speaking out against the exploitation of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Tamara "Tami" Patzer

Tamara "Tami" Patzer is a No. 1 best-selling author, publisher, and video producer at Blue Ocean Authority.She is the creator of Women Innovators Radio with its sister book publications:No. 1 Women Innovators: Leaders, Makers and GiversBook Series and Big Message, Big Mission book series. She works with authors,influencers, innovators, and trendsetters to Get Media Exposure.