- Mar 25, 2018
- 14d 19h 47m
The lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines imposed on Mawada al-Adham and Haneen Hossam have sparked wide criticism online, as the young women were convicted of 'human trafficking'
A Cairo criminal court on Sunday sentenced two popular TikTok influencers to lengthy prison sentences over alleged human trafficking-related charges.
Mawada al-Adham, 23, was sentenced to six years in prison, while Haneen Hossam, 20, was sentenced to 10 years, in an initial ruling that may be appealed. Each woman also received a fine of 200,000 Egyptian pounds ($12,700).
The two young women had been tried over accusations that they were “using girls in acts contrary to the principles and values of Egyptian society with the aim of gaining material benefits”.
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According to local media, the prosecution accused the influencers of "exploiting" people of disadvantaged economic circumstances by promising them money, and also of belonging to a criminal group - arguing that such charges amounted to human trafficking.
The sentencing came after the pair were acquitted in January in another case related to violating family values and principle in the content posted on TikTok and other social networks.
Adham had over three million followers on TikTok, where she used the platform to share videos of herself lip-syncing and dancing. Hossam, who has a following of one million people, uploaded footage detailing how others could use the app to earn money.