SALEM, Ore. - A prostitute walked past an entrance to the Salem Police Department and uniformed officers to an unmarked door at police headquarter to make contact with a "John" she met online, police said.
Instead of exchanging money for sex acts, however, the 20-year-old Portland woman was greeted by detectives and taken into custody on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution, police said.
The incident happened January 11, which was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, police said. The Salem Police Department issued a press release about the arrest on January 24.
Jail records indicate Smith was released January 14 on her own recognizance.
An undercover street crimes detective had been communicating with a woman online through an internet site, by phone and by text message for a couple of days, police said. The communications consisted of negotiations for sexual activity in exchange for money.