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TikTok Influencer Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison Over 'Human Trafficking'

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TikTok Influencer Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison Over 'Human Trafficking'

A TikTok influencer has posted an emotional video after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for 'human trafficking'.

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Haneen Hossam, from Egypt, was given the sentence at a court in Cairo after she shared posts online telling women to sign up to a short video platform called Likee, where they could earn money from sharing content.

Authorities in Egypt claim the video platform encourages women to sell sex online.

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Hossam, 20, was also fined 200,000 Egyptian pounds (£9,170 / $13,000).

Hosaam was charged, alongside Mowada al-Adham, 23, for 'corrupting family values, inciting debauchery and encouraging young women to practice sexual relations', with al-Adham receiving a six-year sentence.

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Credit: Newsflash

Prosecutors accused the TikTok dancers of using their social media accounts to recruit young women onto the video-sharing platforms as well as posting inappropriate material.

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Following the sentencing, an emotional Hossam shared a video to Instagram in which she said: "Ten years!

"I didn't do anything immoral to deserve all this. I was jailed for ten months and didn't say a word after I was released. Why do you want to jail me again?"

Lawyers working on behalf of Hossam say she will appeal the sentence.

Lawyer Hani Sameh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: "We will demand restoration of the case proceedings because there are contradictions between the verdict and the merits on which the court's decision is based.

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"We hope that she can get a reduced jail sentence or an acquittal."

Hossam was one of five Egyptian influencers who were given two years sentences in July last year on a similar charge of 'promoting immortality'.

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Credit: Instagram

Alongside al-Adham and Hossam, three men were charged with helping the two women.

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In a clip she shared shortly before her arrest, Hossam told her 900,000 followers: "I was wronged, and I did not do anything. I am literally dying. Save me. My mother is about to have a stroke after the ruling."

Both debauchery sentences were overturned earlier this year and Hossam was released in February on the human trafficking charge while al-Adham remained in detention.

The arrests and convictions have been slammed by women's rights activists, who say the country allows much worse to go unchecked online.

Entessar el-Saeed, a women's rights activist, said: "We can see other videos and posts on social media by men justifying marital rape but with no reaction against them."

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Topics: TikTok

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