Two female TikTokers sentenced for involvement in human trafficking
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An Egyptian court has sentenced two female Tik Tokers to six and ten years in jail, respectively, for “human trafficking.”
Sources have revealed that Mawada al-Adham, 23, was sentenced to 6 years in prison, while Haneen Hossam, 20, was sentenced to 10 years in an initial ruling that may be appealed. Each influencer also received a fine of US $12,700.
The two young women had been accused of “using girls in acts contrary to the principles and values of Egyptian society to gain material benefits.”
According to the Egyptian media, the prosecution accused the influencers of “exploiting” people of disadvantaged economic circumstances by promising them money. They were also charged with belonging to a criminal group – arguing that such charges amounted to human trafficking.
The sentencing came after the pair were acquitted earlier this year in another case related to violating family values and principles in the content posted on TikTok and other social media platforms.
Adham has more than three million followers on TikTok. She used the platform to share videos of herself lip-syncing and dancing.
However, Hossam, who has one million followers, uploaded videos revealing how others could use the app to make money.
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