A city centre street has been branded an ‘unofficial red light district’ by fed up locals with sex being sold at all times of the day.
Residents and business owners say prostitutes – many of whom appear to be underage – sell their bodies on street corners from 6am.
Some claim Commercial Road in the Pill area of Newport, South Wales, has become so seedy that it is now a ‘no-go’ area.
Ann Barton, 71, owner of the AB Florist in the road, told WalesOnline : “The situation is very bad at the moment.
“It’s not just the sex workers either – the whole street has become a no-go area. It’s truly heartbreaking.
“This used to be a lovely little community in Newport. Everybody used to get along and there was never any of the bad feeling you get here now.
“It’s worse at night time, but it’s bad in the day too.”
She added: “Children walk up and down this street, as well as old age pensioners – I can imagine it being quite intimidating for them.
“I sometimes come to the shop at night to pick up some things before work the next day and they are on the street corners. When I come back at 6am the next morning they are still there.
“They must be there all night.”