Egypt’s investigating authorities ordered on Tuesday the detention of a TikTok influencer, known on social media as the “Hohos Girl,” and a friend of her for four days pending investigations over charges of publishing videos containing sexual innuendos.
The pair is accused of inciting debauchery and transgressing society’s values through posting videos that contain “explicit sexual innuendos,” an official statement said.
The authorities have included in the case five videos of the girl and her friend that contained “indecent expressions that incite immorality, debauchery and prostitution,” the statement added.
Investigations also revealed the friend was in charge of filming the girl and posting the videos to make financial profits, the statement said.
The girl admitted to seeking to rack up a large number of views on TikTok, exactly as the renowned influencers Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladham, who are currently detained over similar charges, did.
The girl was arrested days after she fled when she knew she was wanted by police.
Last month, influencers Hossam and Eladham, along with other convicts, were sentenced to prison over human trafficking-related charges.
The prosecution accused Hossam, Eladham and the other girls of human trafficking by “using girls in acts that violate the principles and values of Egyptian society with the aim of gaining material benefits.”
The prosecution said the accused TikTokers exploited — "as part of a criminal group organized for human trafficking purposes" — the victims’ “poor” economic circumstances and their need for money by promising them a sum of money.