Last year, five Egyptian women were sentenced to two years in prison and fined 200,000 Egyptian pounds for “violation of public decency” for their posts on TikTok.
State newspaper Al Ahram reported: “Muvada El Edham, Haneen Hossam and three others were sentenced to two years in prison and fined 200,000 Egyptian pounds.” Haneen Hossam, a 20-year-old college student with nearly 2 million followers, was arrested in April after sharing a video in which she said “women can make more money working with her.”
After this backlash, Haneen Hossam had no problem. Moreover, this time the young woman faces a much more serious charge and punishment.
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In the Cairo case, the young woman, TikTok phenomenon, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “having directed other women to video-sharing platforms and encouraged them to post inappropriate images”. According to information from the Daily Mail, the reason the sentence is so high is that these charges against the woman are directly assessed under the category of “human trafficking”.
While Haneen Hossam’s lawyer announced that they would appeal the conviction, the young woman was arrested by police because she did not attend the hearing. The young woman’s lawyer told Reuters they were awaiting the acquittal verdict or at least a reduced sentence.
With Haneen Hossam, 6 women, including influencer Mowada al-Adham, were sentenced to 6 years in prison. The justification for their punishment is also the accusation of human trafficking.