SEX-for-sale claims have stunned a small close-knit community already blighted by drugs.
Rumours are rife that a brothel has been set up in a residential street, sparking outrage among families whose children play in the area.
The claims come hot on the heels of reports that trouble-torn Barnes Street in Clayton-le-Moors is fast becoming a haven for young drinkers and drug dealers.
The Observer has been told two or more prostitutes are working from a house on the street on an appointment-only basis, using mobile phones to set up "dates".
And, until recently, another prostitute was said to be working from a nearby property in Lower Barnes Street.
Christine Coates, 38, who lives with son George, 12, in Lower Barnes Street, said she was "incensed" men were buying sex just doors away from her home.
She said: "It was going on for months and was absolutely terrible - not what you want in a residential area with kids playing.
"This woman didn't live there, but worked there most days from 9am till about 7pm, when she'd leave in a taxi.
"Blokes in posh cars would arrive all the time and they'd be in and out within an hour."
Only a few years ago, a third brothel on Whalley Road was forced out of business after it was established that two Manchester-based prostitutes were plying their trade in a flat above a shop.
Commenting on the latest claims, Chief Inspector Ralph Copley said no official complaints had been made, adding: "We are not aware of these allegations, but if any arise we will take them very seriously and investigate."
Clayton councillor Janet Storey fears women could be turning to prostitution to fund drug habits.
She said: "It is invariably true that drugs and prostitution go together and I have real concerns about it, because it is really seedy.
"I believe in legalised prostitution, where it is away from residential areas.
"But this is smack in the centre of a neighbourhood that still has nice folk living there. It's a fact that residents have been complaining about drink and drugs down there and prostitution could be a compounded problem."
PC Rob Flanagan, Clayton beat manager, said: "Clayton does have a drugs problem, which unfortunately focuses around Barnes Street and Queen Street, but I would say the problem is only a little worse than other towns. We are trying to get on top of it."
Disgusted former Mayor Kathleen Thom, of Willow Close, Clayton, said: "I feel extremely sorry for the decent people living in Barnes Street and there are lots of them. Parts of it have been badly neglected and are very run down.
"Some properties are a disgrace and I am surprised the council has not got involved to stop the rot."