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(AP)SALEM, Ore. - Up to a dozen girls at a middle school are suspected of trading sex with adult men in exchange for methamphetamine, police said.
Detectives have been working to identify the girls at Waldo Middle School, some as young as 12, and the men involved, police told KGW-TV in Portland.
The men likely will face rape charges, Officer Laura Seefeldt said.
"If this is what you are doing with our young women, you are going to prison," Seefeldt said.
She says meth problems have become "an everyday thing here in this city," but police were surprised by the tip that led to the middle school investigation.
"Too young," Seefeldt said.
One parent, Jeanne Zachary, put it even more bluntly: "Shocking."
The Oregon Department of Human Services said more than 1,700 children were treated for methamphetamine problems in 2003, which is the latest year for available data. In the past five years, the state agency said the number of girls affected by meth in Oregon has jumped 57 percent.