The woman, who has not been identified, claims the three men approached her and her daughter on a Sheffield street offering a “large amount of money” in return for her child. The incident happened on Wednesday near Lower Meadows School at around 8:20am. The mother and daughter were walking along Batemoor Road near the school when they were approached.
The “large amount of money” was offered to her in cash.
The woman told the police she refused the men’s offer and ran with her daughter towards the school to raise the alarm.
The men reportedly fled in a vehicle and she could hear a “screech of tyres” as they escaped to safety.
PCSO Kenneth Blake of South Yorkshire Police said a man of “possible Middle Eastern origin” made the offer.
The officer explained the man in question was wearing a head warmer which was partially covering his face.
PCSO Blake said he was believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s and wore a grey hoodie with stripes on the side and “dirty navy bottoms”.
South Yorkshire Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward.
PCSO Blake told the Yorkshire Post: “At approximately 8.20am on December 1, a local resident was walking her daughter to Lower Meadow School along Batemoor Road.
“A male, of possible Middle Eastern origin, along with two other males, have approached the mother, taken out a large amount of money and offered to buy the daughter.
“The mother has refused and ran towards the school with her daughter.
“The mother then heard a screech of car tyres and a black/ blue vehicle has made off towards Dyche Lane, with the three males inside.
“Unfortunately, no number was got for the vehicle.
“Any further sightings of the suspected male should be reported to South Yorkshire Police as soon as possible, allowing officers to attend.”
This incident follows an investigation launched last month by police in Doncaster who are investigating reports that another mum was approached by a group of men who offered to buy her daughter.
South Yorkshire Police said: “It was reported that on November 12 at around 4pm, a woman and young girl were in Primark where they believed they were being followed by a group of men.
“The men made them feel uncomfortable and allegedly made inappropriate comments towards the young girl.”