A Rotherham man has been jailed for child abduction and trafficking offences after luring three girls - two aged 11 and one 13 - to his flat from a park.
The girls were playing in a park in Eastwood when Vejuhadin Ghorbani, aged 37, of Park Mount, Rotherham, lured them into his car last September, plied them with alcohol and trapped them in his flat.
He offered one girl £20 for sexual favours and made repeated references to sexual acts.
The youngsters were reported missing when they failed to return home that night and a large-scale police search was launched.
The girls escaped from left Ghorbani’s flat the following morning after finding his keys while he slept.
Ghorbani admitted two counts of abduction and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation involving the three girls.
He was jailed for three years.
Detective Constable Paul Rooney said: “This man preyed on these young, vulnerable girls, the effect this had on them should not be underestimated.
“I would like to praise them for coming forward and reporting their ordeal to police and for the courage they have shown throughout this process.
“I would also like to thank the families for their trust and confidence in to secure this conviction and the local community for their help with the search.
“It is some small consolation for the victims and their families that Ghorbani has pleaded guilty and not forced them to relive their ordeal in court.
“We utilised trafficking legislation as we felt that most accurately described the actions of this man.
“This is a great tool to help us tackle crimes against children and young people. We hope that by securing this conviction we are sending a warning to those still choosing to exploit young people.
“South Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling all forms of child abuse and child exploitation and would encourage victims anyone with information about offences being committed against children to report it to us.”