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District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hip-Hop Producer Sentenced For Unlawfully Operating A Prostitution Business Guised As Escort Businesses

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A hip-hop producer was sentenced today to two years and nine months in prison for unlawfully operating a prostitution business over a 12 year period, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI.

According to court documents, Jamal Rashid, 45, of Las Vegas, known as hip-hop producer “Mally Mall,” owned and operated several escort businesses between April 2002 and September 2014 that served as fronts for a prostitution business. Rashid operated a high-end prostitution business that transported victims across the United States, using various paid websites — such as Backpage and Eros — to advertise the victims for prostitution purposes.

Rashid exploited hundreds of victims as: (a) “independent contractors” who turned over to Rashid a portion of what they earned through prostitution; and (b) “priority girls” who turned over nearly all of the proceeds from prostitution to Rashid. He admitted to manipulating the victims, imposing rules and threatening them so that they would prostitute for him. Further, Rashid encouraged victims to get tattoos of him to demonstrate their loyalty, and led many of them to believe he would advance their careers in show business.

Rashid pleaded guilty in October 2019 to one count of use of an interstate facility in aid of unlawful activity. In addition to imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sentenced Rashid to three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 13, 2021