Two Egyptian TikTok stars have been jailed after being convicted of human trafficking.
On Sunday (June 20th), a court in Cairo sentenced Haneen Hossam to ten years in jail, and her co-defendant Mawada al-Adham, was also sentenced to six years imprisonment, the BBC reports.
Who are Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham?
Who is Haneen Hossam?
Haneen Hosssam is a Cairo University Student.
The 20-year-old is also a big TikTok star with over a million followers.
As reported by the BBC, she was first arrested in April 2020 after she encouraged her female followers to join another video-sharing platform called ‘Likee’ by telling them that they could make money.
On Monday (June 21st), she posted a video on TikTok and Instagram asking for clemency, claiming that she did not harm anyone.
Who is Mawada al-Adham?
Mawada al-Adham is also a TikTok star who used to have over three million followers.
The 23-year-old from Egypt now has only 1.4 million.
One month after Haneen Hosssam, Mawada was also arrested and charged with “violating family values and principles” in May 2020 after she shared “indecent” videos on TikTok.
In July 2020, they were both sentenced to two years in jail and given a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds, but the prison sentence was overturned in January 2021 and they were released in February.
Now they’ve been jailed again
Just months after their release, new “human trafficking charges” arose after the women were accused of “using girls in acts contrary to the principles and values of Egyptian society with the aim of gaining material benefits”.
On Sunday, an Egyptian court found them guilty and they have been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.