In 2000 she moved back to Southern California where she began her career in the adult industry by posing for men's magazines (such as Hustler) and adult website pictorials, mostly asian fetish and hardcore layouts. Her first appearance in an adult film was in Fuckumentary, where she is credited as Aaliyah Yi. She has appeared in only about 15 video-tape distributed adult films, but the list of websites for which she has performed and/or posed is quite long. She has appeared on Playboy TV's call-in show Nightcalls 411.
Aliyah has also worked as an exotic dancer in the Southern California area. She was at one time a part of the now-defunct Exotica-2000.com, a website featuring porn stars and dancers who were also available as escorts, but it is not certain whether or not she continues in this area of the sex industry.