Egyptian Tiktoker Haneen Hossam sentenced to three years in prison for human trafficking

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 18 Apr 2022

A Cairo Criminal Court sentenced TikToker and influencer Haneen Hossam on Monday to three years — down from 10 — in prison and a EGP 200,000 fine over charges of human trafficking.

Haneen Hossam
Haneen Hossam in a screenshot taken from the video that caused her arrest

Previously, the court had sentenced Hossam in absentia to ten years in prison in June 2021 along with famous influencer Mawada El-Adham, who got a 6-year sentence, over charges of human trafficking.

According to Egyptian law, defendants sentenced in absentia must be retried upon being apprehended by the authorities.

The university student, who has 1.2 million followers on TikTok, was arrested on charges of inciting debauchery and human trafficking in June 2021.

This is not a final ruling and can be appealed.

Hossam was accused by the Public Prosecution of engaging in human trafficking and attempting to recruit two underage girls among others by claiming to provide them with job opportunities as hosts in a social networking app called ‘Likee.’

The prosecution stated that she attempted to lure girls in implicit terms to debauchery and “prostitution”, and that she established a group on Likee called ‘Likee El-Haram’ so the girls can meet young men virtually during the lockdown period imposed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in return for money.

The prosecution also accused Hossam of using the two underage girls for commercial purposes.

Hossam was also sentenced in another case to two-year imprisonment and a fine of EGP 300.000 for “violating family values”, however, she was acquitted in her appeal case in January 2021. 

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