Egypt court sentences two TikTokers to prison for prostitution and violating family values

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 30 Sep 2020

A screenshot showing Tiktok influencer Sherry Hanem and her daughter from one of their videos (Photo:Al-Ahram)

An Egyptian economic court sentenced on Wednesday two TikTok personalities to six years in prison each for "violating family values and principles" and "inciting prostitution."

The economic court also fined the defendants – Sherifa Rafat and her daughter Nora Hisham, known on social media platforms as “Sherry Hanem” and "Zamorroda” – EGP 100,000 and ordered that they be placed under police supervision for three years upon their release.

The defendants were arrested in June after posting videos that contained profanity and sexual innuendo, and the prosecution charged one of them with using social media to solicit prostitution.

Prior to her arrest, Sherifa operated two accounts on the popular social network TikTok, where she had over 400 videos and 164,000 followers.

Hanem and her daughter also have a YouTube channel with 56,500 subscribers and over 416 videos, some of which were imported from TikTok.

The two social media figures were initially reported to the public prosecutor by lawyer Ashraf Farahat, who has launched an online campaign called “Let’s clean it,” which targets female influencers on Tiktok whom he describes as violating Egypt's family values.

A number of female TikTokers have been arrested over the past few months on similar charges, some of whom have been sentenced to prison.

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