Taye Elleby Sentenced to 10 2/3-to-32 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

Press Release

On February 5, 2014, Taye Elleby was sentenced to 10 2/3 to 32 years in prison. On December 16, 2013, he was convicted by a jury of Sex Trafficking for forcing two women and a young girl into working as prostituted individuals in Harlem. As proven at trial, beginning in March 2013, Elleby ran a prostitution ring from his Harlem apartment involving a 17-year-old girl that he trafficked into prostitution. Elleby, who advertised commercial sexual services through the website Backpage.com, controlled the victim through physical, emotional, and psychological coercion, and demanded that she hand over nearly all of the money she made. If the victim did not follow his rules, Elleby physically assaulted her. In one incident, he did not allow her to eat when she had not earned enough money. He also used emotional manipulation, convincing the victim that he loved her, and that she loved him.