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Manhattan Man Arraigned On Sex Trafficking Charges

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A Manhattan man was arraigned Saturday on charges that he ran a sex trafficking operation out of an East Harlem apartment.

Taye Ellerby, 35, is charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and criminal trespass.

His bail was set at $30,000.

Police say he was holding three women - a 17-year-old, a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old - in an apartment in the Taft Houses at the corner of 112th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

He was arrested after police say the mother of the 17-year-old, a Connecticut girl who had run away from her home and spent the last five months imprisoned in Ellerby's apartment, called 911.

Ellerby was then identified as he was exiting the apartment, according to police.

Police say at least one of the three women being held had been forced into prostitution.

"That is weird, because this is a really residential place, and it's really a lot of just elderly and just families around here," said one resident.

Ellerby also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child because investigators found a 4-year-old and a 2-month-old in the home.

They're believed to be the children of one of the women.

Ellerby is due back in court Wednesday.

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