NYPD rescues missing teen from East Harlem ‘brothel’

nypd
The missing girl was found in an apartment that police say was used for prostitution. Credit: Metro

Thanks to a former prostitute and a worried and resourceful mother in Connecticut, the NYPD rescued a missing 17-year-old girl in East Harlem on Thursday.

The girl’s mother called 911 around 11:27 a.m. on Thursday and told them she suspected her daughter was being held against her will with two other women at 1695 Madison Ave., cops said. She told them she believed her daughter’s abductor was a pimp.

According to a law enforcement source, one of the other women in the apartment wanted to leave, and a former prostitute helped her. The two of them stayed in a motel in Long Island for four days, and then decided to go to the 17-year-old’s mother’s house to tell her where her daughter was. When they told the mother the address, as well as the names of everyone involved, including the pimp, the mother called the FBI office in Connecticut.

The Connecticut FBI office, alarmed for the mother’s safety as she informed them she was already in New York City and headed to the location, advised her to call 911, they said.

When NYPD officers arrived at the Madison Avenue address, the mother and the two other women identified the suspected pimp standing outside the building. 

Officers searched and questioned the suspect, ultimately arresting him. They found the missing girl and two other women, 21 and 24 years old, in an apartment inside the building, cops said.

They also reportedly found the 24-year-old’s two children in the apartment. Police said children were 4 years old and 2 months old.

The suspected pimp was named as 35-year-old Taye Elleby. Police say they determined in interviews with him that he forced at least one of the women into prostitution using intimidation and physical abuse, and kept the proceeds from her activities.

The three victims reportedly told police that Elleby was their pimp and set up “dates” for them through the website Backpage.com, cops said.

A law enforcement source noted that the women all had keys to the apartment and cell phones, and appeared to have had ample opportunity to escape if they wished. Still, while none of the victims appears to have been kept against her will, cops believe intimidation and physical abuse were used to force them into prostitution.

A law enforcement source said the 17-year-old girl was introduced to her abductor by her father.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.