Egypt sentences TikTok influencers over ‘human trafficking’

The Nation  |  Jun 22, 2021

CAIRO   -  An Egyptian court has sentenced two women TikTok influencers to six and 10 years in jail respectively for “human trafficking”, a lawyer representing one of them told AFP on Monday.

The ruling against Haneen Hossam and Mowada al-Adham was handed down late Sunday by the Cairo Criminal Court. Adham was sentenced to six years, her lawyer Saber Sokkar said, while Hossam given a 10-year sentence, both accused of “human trafficking”.

Other charges include “corrupting family values, inciting debauchery and encouraging young women to practice sexual relations,” Sokkar said. Adham was present in court for the ruling but Hossam, who is on the run, was sentenced in absentia, the lawyer said. He said that Hossam was given a higher sentence because she had failed to appear in court at previous hearings.

The women can appeal, the lawyer said. They were arrested last year and sentenced to two years each in jail for “attacking society’s values” in videos published on TikTok. In one video Hossam told her 1.3 million subscribers that girls could work for her for money, for which she was also accused last year of “debauchery” and “human trafficking”. But in January an appeals court acquitted the pair.

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