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Egyptian woman sentenced to three years in TikTok video case

CAIRO (AP) – An Egyptian court sentenced a woman to three years in prison after her retrial conviction for human trafficking in a case that involved girls dancing in videos on TikTok.

Social media influencer Haneen Hossam was arrested in 2020.

Prosecutors accused her of promoting human trafficking by allegedly exploiting minor girls to gain material benefits with dance videos.

Hossam, in her early 20s, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison but a Cairo Criminal Court judge on Monday reduced it to three years. She was also fined EGP200,000 (USD10,800).

The ruling is final and can’t be appealed.

The charges partly stemmed from Hossam’s invitation to girls to join another social media platform Likee, claiming they could generate more money from their videos.

Hossam and other women, including TikTok influencer Mawada Eladhm, were first sentenced in July 2020 to two years in prison on convictions for “violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family”, inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking.

An appeals court overturned the sentences and both women were released.

Hossam and Eladhm vaulted to TikTok fame in recent years, amassing millions of followers for their video snippets set to catchy Egyptian club-pop tracks.