An Egyptian court sentenced the activist on Tik Tok, Haneen Hosam, to prison. 10 years and fined 200 One thousand Egyptian pounds (about 13 thousand US dollars).
The court also sentenced Mawaddah al-Adham and three others to six years in prison and a fine of 200,000 pounds each for “human trafficking.”
The prosecution charged the defendants with several charges, including “assaulting the values and principles of the Egyptian family and society, participating with others in luring and exploiting girls through direct broadcasts, and committing the crime of human trafficking.”
The accusations also included “receiving bank transfers from the management of the Tik Tok application in exchange for what it achieved by viewing and publishing videos that incite immorality to increase the percentage of its followers, and membership in the “WhatsApp” group to receive assignments to exploit girls.”
The convicts were also accused of “encouraging teenage girls to broadcast videos that incite immorality, evading justice and trying to hide and encrypt their phones and accounts.”
The Egyptian police arrested Haneen, who was dubbed the “Tik Tok Girl” by the Egyptian media, in April last year.
The North Cairo Prosecution investigated Hanin, a student at the Faculty of Archeology at Cairo University, after she broadcast a video clip through the “Tik Tok” application, in which she called on girls to broadcast videos of themselves from homes in exchange for money.
Cairo University had referred the student to its legal affairs for interrogation, “for behavior that is incompatible with public morals and university values and traditions,” according to an official statement issued by the university last year.
The university’s president, Muhammad Othman Al-Khasht, said that the student’s punishment may reach the final semester.
Hanin appeared in the video attributed to her saying that she is asking girls to work with her in an agency she established through the Likee application, provided that they are not less than 18 years old and have a decent shape, and that they shoot videos of themselves in live broadcasts for money, ranging from $ 36 to three thousand dollars.
Hanin did not explain the nature of the work that the girls will be involved in, but added in the video that she “does not want naked girls, and will not accept abuses in her agency, and that she will work based on the (good) reputation.”
But she explained, in television statements, that she “requested 20 respectable girls for a new application in a 3-minute video clip”, but the media shortened it to only 10 seconds, stressing that her parents “approved of the video clips she publishes.”