Court orders release of Egyptian influencer Haneen Hossam on bail

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 8 Jun 2020

Haneen Hossam (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Haneen Hossam (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Cairo court ordered on Monday the release of Egyptian TikTok influencer Haneen Hossam on EGP 10,000 bail.

The 20-year-old influencer was detained in early May pending investigation after being charged with inciting debauchery, human trafficking and immorality.

The Cairo University archaeology student, who has 1.2 million followers on the social media app TikTok, posted a video recruiting women to join a group she created on short video sharing platform Likee with the purpose of promoting the platform in return for payment.

The general prosecution said previously that it found WhatsApp conversations on her phones discussing agreements with those in charge of a social media app to lure young girls to make friends with the app’s followers, taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and society’s economic condition.

The prosecution added that there were three accounts on different online applications including Instagram and Tiktok containing many pictures and videos of Hossam dancing and singing in a suggestive manner to get followers and likes.

The prosecution also found a bank transfer statement of $3,600 received from the aforementioned app in exchange for the videos she recorded.

Ahram Online tried to contact Likee for comment but has not received a response.

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