Woman Hooked In Prostitution Sting Walks Right Into Police Station

SALEM, Ore. (January 24, 2013)—A 20-year-old Portland, Ore., woman drove 50 miles to reach the man she thought was her client after she was solicited for prostitution through phone and text messages, but the destination turned out to be the Salem Police Department, authorities said.

Police say the woman walked past several uniformed officers and clearly marked signs reading "Salem Police Department" before arriving at an unmarked door, where they say she attempted to contact the man she thought was her client.

She was arrested instead.

The phone and text messages were part of a sting operation by Salem police detectives, who first identified the woman through a website.

Christal D. Smith was charged with prostitution and promoting.


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