Egypt Sentences TikTok Influencers Over 'human Trafficking'
An Egyptian court has sentenced two women TikTok influencers to six and 10 years in jail respectively for "human trafficking", a lawyer representing one of them told AFP on Monday
Cairo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :An Egyptian court has sentenced two women TikTok influencers to six and 10 years in jail respectively for "human trafficking", a lawyer representing one of them told AFP on Monday.
Adham was sentenced to six years, her lawyer Saber Sokkar said, while Hossam given a 10-year sentence, both accused of "human trafficking".
Adham was present in court for the ruling but Hossam, who is on the run, was sentenced in absentia, the lawyer said.
He said that Hossam was given a higher sentence because she had failed to appear in court at previous hearings.
The women can appeal, the lawyer said.
They were arrested last year and sentenced to two years each in jail for "attacking society's values" in videos published on TikTok.
The targeting of female influencers has rekindled a heated debate in the deeply conservative Muslim country over what constitutes individual freedoms and social values.
The clampdown is however not unusual in Egypt, where several belly dancers and pop singers have been targeted in recent years over online content deemed too racy or suggestive.
Egypt has in recent years enforced strict internet controls through laws allowing authorities to block websites seen as a threat to national security and to monitor personal social media accounts with over 5,000 followers.