Coronation Road in Maitland is reportedly a street filled with social ills. Residents claim sex work and drug deals are are taking place brazenly, with women as young as their twenties flocking to the street, “luring men” and making noise most nights. It is reported that one of the buildings on the road is owned by an alleged drug dealer who also allegedly runs other illegal businesses, including prostitution and a night club. One resident, Faldie Isaacs, says the problem has been going on for years and the authorities have failed to provide solutions. He says the situation is “a disgrace to the elders and children of the community and would like to see the club closed and the dealer taken to task”. He says residents cannot even let their children out on the street alone as they fear their children might be exposed to sex workers and drug deals. “The visibility of drugs and prostitution here has a huge impact on children who play on the street. Sometimes you see [the drug dealers and their customers] doing their business exchange outside and that is not what we want our children to witness. Even the way these women are dressed up is not exemplary, so we are forced to protect our children. Basically, we do not have freedom here, it is violated by the few whom we expect the law to deal with,” says Isaacs.Another resident says the illegal businesses in the road are the cause of the increase in the crime rate in the area. She says residents are experiencing robberies and theft by people who are believed to be regulars at the night club. She says they need the law to be enforced and all the illegal businesses to be closed.Captain Glen Coetzee, police spokesperson for Maitland, says drug arrests have been made in Coronation Road and police are aware of the dealing taking place. He says he cannot disclose more details about the arrests or whether the police are aware of the alleged drug house. “The issue of drugs in Coronation Road is under investigation. I cannot say anything on a drug house or reveal more about the arrests,” says Coetzee. He confrims prostitution is a big concern along Voortrekker Road but says that police are not aware of it taking place in Coronation Road.