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Woman arrested at Salem Police Department for prostitution

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A 20-year-old Portland woman is facing charges after investigators say she went to the Salem Police Department to meet up with an undercover officer for sex.

Undercover Salem Police Street Crimes detectives had been communicating with the suspect, Christal Smith, online and by phone and text for a couple of days, authorities said.

They negotiated a deal for sexual activity in exchange for money, FOX 12 learned.

On Jan. 11, the suspect agreed to go to Salem from Portland to fulfill her terms of the deal, police said.

According to detectives, she was directed to an unmarked door of the Salem Police Department.

The suspect followed the directions to the door and tried to make contact with a man she believed was a "John" at that location, officers said.

Instead, she was arrested by police and booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.

In order to get to the door where she was arrested, Smith walked through a courtyard where the clearly marked public entrance to the Salem Police Department is located, police said.

FOX 12 was told she also walked directly past several uniformed officers.

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