The victims of dangerous sex offender Lamin Touray were praised by a judge for their courage in fighting back against him and then helping to bring him to justice.
Judge Neil Clark said the women all showed “remarkable bravery” despite being subjected to horrifying ordeals which they are still trying to come to terms with.
Each one was also prepared to come to court to give evidence.
Their determination to see justice was a factor in Touray choosing not to take the case to a trail but instead entering guilty pleas.
Judge Clark said: “It is really quite remarkable how brave each of them was. Each one fought back against a large, lone attacker.
“It is quite refreshing to see that there are young women in this country as brave and resilient as that.”
Touray, a Gambian national, was on the run at the time of the incidents in Leeds, which took place in December 2013.
In 2009 he had carried out a similar sex assault on a student after following her through the streets of Newport, in south Wales.
Touray, 36, gave a false name and date of birth after he was arrested over the attack and was subsequently granted bail by magistrates.
He had originally been granted temporary permission to enter the UK to attend a relative’s wedding but failed to return to Africa and was in the country illegally. Touray pleaded guilty to attempted rape, two offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was told he must serve a 12-year prison sentence followed by an extended licence period of four years after being told he posed a serious risk of committing offences against women in the future.