Two Egyptian female TikTokers to remain in jail over 'human trafficking' charges

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 14 Jan 2021

Thursday's decision comes days after a Cairo economic appeals court acquitted Hossam and Eladhm of violating family values and principles

TikTok influencers
Haneen Hossam(L) and Mawda Eladham(R)

A Cairo court has renewed the detention of two popular TikTok influencers for 15 days pending investigations into human trafficking charges, only a few days after the two young women were acquitted in another case related to their videos on the popular video-sharing platform.

Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladhm, who were arrested last year, are facing charges of inciting women to commit “immoral acts” that are against society’s values.

The court’s decision comes days after a Cairo economic appeals court acquitted Hossam and Eladhm and others of violating family values and principles.

The appeals court overturned a previous court order that handed the two influencers two-year prison terms and a fine of EGP 300,000.

Eladhm, who is in her early 20s, was arrested on 14 May after she fled her residence at an upscale New Cairo gated community, moving around between Cairo and the North Coast after an arrest warrant was issued against her.

Eladhm, who has 3.1 million followers on TikTok and 1.6 million followers on Instagram, gained fame for posting lip syncing and dance videos.

Hossam, a university student who has 1.2 million followers on TikTok, was arrested on 21 April on charges of inciting debauchery and human trafficking.

Her arrest came a few days after she posted a video on TikTok encouraging women to publish live videos and talk with strangers via short video sharing platform Likee, in exchange for money.

Egyptian authorities arrested last year several female TikTok users who are known for controversial content that authorities describe as “violating family values and principles.”

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