The problem of prostitution has made it one of the most notorious thoroughfares in Britain. And people are scared to talk because of the possibility of reprisals. They need to get the money for drugs. In recent months, police and ambulance crews have been targeted by children — some as young as 13 — firing commercial grade fireworks at them.
But Pill does not have the advantage of being picturesque. When we visited this week there were no obvious s of working girls. There are stories of women waiting for men to leave the local mosque and jumping into their cars at the same time to try and get their 'business'. Every time they are challenged they say they are working with partner agencies.
The Bana chip shop has armchairs and a pool table for customers. As much as they are vulnerable — and I get that because they are young — we have got residents here who are just as vulnerable. It has become one of the most notorious streets in Britain as prostitution has taken hold. They are there from early in the morning until late at night.
We have football clubs here that have been top of the league. But we are living here. The misspelt graffiti is ugly and unfinished. There are 32 groups in our neighbourhood watch. As she and our reporter chatted she waved to passers-by and smoked. Residents say they have called the police having seen prostitutes being beaten by their pimps.
The Christmas decorations only go as far as the end of the first block and the corner of Ruperra Street. But it doesn't stop there. I have to do this for my. On a visit to Pill last year we spoke to a year-old prostitute who did not want to give her name.
But since all this exploded there does seem to be more of a police presence. Tracey said some of those being exploited were believed to be as young as 12, while some were said to be struggling with addiction. When we visited on an earlier occasion in we saw several women working Commercial Road in just a few minutes. They are attracting kerb crawlers and local residents are getting propositioned. The streets are dirty.
It was like condom city. They often drive past them and do nothing.
Every year, Pill celebrates itself with a carnival. Men hang out and chat as they have their hair cut in shops dotted along the street. These diversionary tactics are paramount to help divert women away from this lifestyle and guide them into a safer future. Pam was unimpressed. The girls go up and they knock on the windows.
She came into the lobby area and urinated there. In fact, within a minute or two of parking his car our reporter was asked if he was looking for trade. At night, takeaway restaurants light up Commercial Road with garish s. But they were normal in the day and in the night they would go and do their business elsewhere. Asim Ali agreed there was a lot to love about Pill.
She was told there was a bathroom inside. We are just adding rubbish to it and putting people down and that is what the current situation is. Police drive past them like they have a deated area. Pam said a passing driver even made obscene gestures at her with his tongue — as though he thought she was on the game. So much talent comes out of Pill and that needs to be pushed.
My neighbour said last week she called the police when at 6am she saw a pimp beating up a girl outside. Drug dealers get free rein and prostitutes get free rein. Some of the women appeared to be Eastern European.
You pay for fun? All they see is what is written in the papers. There are 54 ethnic minority groups in Pill and there are 6, people. There is poverty here. Older people might be scared because on one corner might be these women and on another might be someone who looks rather intimidating. That would help them to get help and support that would allow them to not prostitute themselves in the street — because that is soliciting and that is illegal. She claimed a police source had told them there were 30 prostitutes operating in Pill.
One even urinated on the floor inside the mosque. The problem families from elsewhere are sent here. It could be any 21st century city street. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Sally and Farooq both laid part of the blame at the feet of lorry drivers who park in Pill.
If the 25th anniversary is silver and the 50th is gold, then the 33rd must be platinum (blonde).
But I have worked in London and in Cardiff and it happens everywhere. The red light district was about three or four individuals working from home but they were healthy and clean or whatever. If it is against the law in Stow Park Circle it is against the law here. People are coming from outside the area because it is a playground for criminals. They have even attacked older people to get their money out of them, to try and blackmail them by telling their family that the man has been to bed with them.
It hit the headlines last year and again this week, with claims women and girls as young as 12 were being sexually exploited and on the streets from 6am. By James McCarthy. They are not ordinary prostitutes.
The police are saying they are going by the guidelines to get them support and get them off the streets. This is more of an Amsterdam.
She was a foreigner doing it to support their family. What else am I going to do? Boss Tracey Holyoake said working girls were often seen hanging around the disused public toilets at the bottom of the street. But, Pam says, these are different. And there are tales of nearby housing used by women to take their clients.
If they went to a nice middle class area of town they would not last 24 hours. They are only after money. They park their lorries there because they know they will get what they are looking for. Farooq Dastgir and his friend Ali Ghafar worship there. A drunk clutching a can of strong cider stumbles in front of a parked car. It's not just prostitution that is causing problems for people around Commercial Road. They are too young. There have always been prostitutes in Pill, thanks to its docks.
The Pill Mill, on Courtybella Terrace, is a hub of community activity hosting everything from boxing matches to weddings. Walking into Pill - the historic district of Newport which has become notorious in recent years - Christmas decorations flutter in the wind over the welcoming lights of The Picton pub.
The people who live and work here say this would not be tolerated in somewhere like Caerleon. Central to it is an ugly derelict Kwik Save. If you have a problem, 10 people will come to support you.
And there would be the odd person at the dock but the docks are not what they used to be. Women who are not 'on the game' are subjected to lewd gestures by passing men who think they are. If we do not give the area an opportunity to grow what are we doing? Except this is Commercial Road. We have Commonwealth gold boxers. Coun Wilcox has also written directly to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent asking for collaborative assistance with this issue.
Drugs are sold on the street like sweets.