WHETHER it’s day or night, the sex industry never sleeps, and according to some business owners on Boom Street, prostitutes have settled right next to their businesses, creating all types of problems for the businesses. Many business owners spoke to the Maritzburg Fever and asked to remain anonymous in fear of victimisation from the prostitutes and their bosses.“At first I noticed it was one woman and then all of a sudden there were more,” said one business owner. He said the women ply their trade right in front of his business at all times of the day.Business owners are concerned about who the prostitutes attract, claiming that there are now also looters and drug dealers who frequent the area. “With the presence of prostitutes, we now have vagrants who are making this street their own.“They go through the rubbish we leave outside for the bin trucks and make a mess.“And drug dealers have also started to show up here,” said one man who said this is bad for business.Another businessperson said that some of his clients have said that they were approached by prostitutes while making their way to the business premises.“Some of my customers said that these prostitutes make suggestive vulgar signs at them before they arrive at my building,” said the man.According to these business owners, many flashy cars frequent the area picking up the women to engage in sexual intercourse, and once done they discard their used condoms on the side of the road. Some claimed that the women use their premises as ablution facilities. “We arrive here sometimes and we see human waste at our gates or are greeted with the smell of urine on our gates,” said the visibly irked business owner.A spokesperson for the Pietermaritzburg Central Police said that they are aware of the growing problem and are dealing with prostitution in Pietermaritzburg.Should anyone be experiencing problems with prostitution in their area that they should report it to their local police station as soon as they see it.