Two popular tiktokers Egyptians have been sentenced to between six and ten years in prison for “human trafficking” on charges brought against them after being previously acquitted of the charge of “debauchery” for the content of their videos on the TikTok application. The influence Egyptian Haneen Hossam was sentenced in the first instance to 10 years in prison and to pay a fine of 200,000 Egyptian pounds (about $ 12,782), while the other tiktoker, Mawada Eladhm, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and to pay a penalty of the same amount, according to a statement from the Cairo Criminal Court.
According to the note, three other people, for whom no details were provided, were also sentenced to 6 years in prison for “human trafficking.” The sentence was pronounced after last January Hossam and Eladhm, who had just been acquitted of the accusation of contravening “the principles and values of society”, were accused of trafficking in persons by the General Prosecutor of Egypt, which ordered that returned to prison on a preventive basis.
Accused of exploiting girls
The Prosecutor’s Office had accused the young women of “participating in attracting and exploiting girls through their direct” on TikTok, of “human trafficking” and receiving money from the application “by publishing videos that incite immorality to increase the percentage of his followers “.
They were also accused of “joining a WhatsApp group to receive instructions to exploit girls” and “encouraging teenagers” to do the same, in addition to trying to hide their social media accounts from the Prosecutor’s Office during the investigations.
They were arrested between March and April
According to the girls’ lawyers, cited by local media, these charges were brought against them based on the fact that minors appear in their TikTok videos. The two young women were arrested between March and April 2020 for “inciting debauchery” with their videos and were ordered pretrial detention in September of that same year.
Hossam is known for her TikTok videos of singing and dancing, and she sometimes gives advice to other Egyptians her age on different matters, such as her studies. On the other hand, Eladhm shows his followers on social networks his personal style, such as his pastel hair, his car or his home, in addition to commenting on current issues.
Recently, many other young women have been arrested in Egypt for a use considered inappropriate of social networks, specifically TikTok, for profiting from it and for “urging debauchery”, among other accusations, in a government policy highly criticized by the organizations of Defense of human rights.