A man who arranged to sell the sexual services of a vulnerable teenage girl has been jailed.
33-year-old Adam Banks of Atherton Road, Wigan, was sentenced to two years and eight months at Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday 11 June 2018. He also received a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of arranging the sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of distributing indecent images of a child and one count of making an indecent image of a child.
In April this year Banks began messaging the teenager from Radcliffe on social media.
The messages became more and more explicit before he began encouraging her to sell sexual services which he said he could arrange.
He constantly messaged her, manipulating her by using money as an incentive as she wanted to move out.
He convinced her to send him inappropriate images and he was texting men offering to sell her services.
On one occasion he met up with her in his car before telling her he had arranged for her to see four men later in the week.
Thankfully, someone close to the victim raised her suspicions to police and officers were able to step in before the dates set by Banks.
Banks was arrested in Leeds and a search was conducted of his home in Hindley Green.
Items seized included his phone where the true extent of Banks’ offending was uncovered.
Detective Sergeant Jennie Morrison, from Bury’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team under Project Phoenix, said: “Banks manipulated this vulnerable girl preying on her need for money. He sent sickening explicit texts to other men detailing the services she could offer, all the while knowing how young and fragile she was.
“He took pleasure in arranging to sexually exploit this girl and gained disgusting sexual gratification from images he convinced her to send.
“I want to praise the victim for her strength throughout this investigation and specialist officers have supported her through this ordeal.”
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Banks’ shocking behaviour shows just how far groomers will go to manipulate and coerce their young victims.
“He exploited this teenager’s vulnerability for his own gain without any thought of the lasting impact it would have but, thanks to her bravery, he is now behind bars.
“At the NSPCC, our Protect and Respect service works with children and young people who have been, or are at risk of sexual exploitation to protect them, reduce the risks and aid them in their recovery.”