Prostitutes are soliciting young teenagers on their way to school in Papatoetoe, three concerned mothers say.
Residents are also being subjected to obscene language and human waste or used condoms are often found on footpaths, they say.
The mothers say Papatoetoe used to be a nice town but it's now getting a bad reputation.
"When we were young that sort of stuff was only going on in the city. There was no legal high shops, no pokies, and no prostitutes," they say.
The women, who do not want to be named, say both male and female prostitutes can often be seen standing at Hunters Corner and parts of Great South Rd in the mornings.
"What they do at night-time is their business but our children don't need to see this," they say.
The women have taken their concerns to New Zealand First List MP Le'aufa'amulia Asenati Lole Taylor who has raised the issue in Parliament.
"It is heartbreaking to read how these mothers explain the problems they deal with and how in New Zealand, we have allowed it to reach this state," she says.
Mrs Lole Taylor has been contacted by other South Auckland residents concerned their views on street prostitution are not being heard by the Government.
A major problem with identifying an area as a red light district is that people will want to move away from the suburb, she says.
"Some young South Auckland girls think being a prostitute is a good option. They can drop out of school and earn good money," she says.
Stories of people disturbed by the noise and drinking associated with prostitution, along with threats of violence, have been reported in the Manukau Courier in the past.
A bill introduced by the former Manukau City Council and later adopted by Auckland Council which would allow councils to restrict the areas in which prostitutes can operate, among other controls, is still before Parliament.
It was lodged and moved to a select committee in June last year but has since been deferred twice.
The Government is looking at a non-legalisation approach to working with street prostitutes.
Prostitution was legalised in 2002 and street prostitution is also a legal activity.
But Mrs Lole Taylor wants a ban on street prostitution and a move to prostitutes working in licensed locations.
She regularly patrols South Auckland streets with local Pacific wardens to identify areas where street prostitutes hang out.
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