Egyptian authorities renews detention of two TikTok stars

An Egyptian judge on Tuesday has renewed the detention of two TikTok stars Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladhm for another 15 days pending investigations.

Judicial sources said that Hossam is being investigated over charges of human trafficking, with investigations claiming that Hossam was dealing with women involved in acts contrary to societal values for material benefit.

Hossam had exploited their need for money and involved them in an organized human trafficking criminal group.

The Cairo Economic Appellant Court had acquitted Hossam, Eladhm, and three others over charges of violating public morality earlier this year.

University student Hossam, with 1.2 million followers on TikTok, was arrested shortly after uploading a video advertising the short video platform “Likee” and reportedly encouraging women to talk to strangers, CNN wrote, with Hossam denying the charges.

Eladhm was famous for her musical videos, garnering 3.1 million TikTok followers and 1.6 million on Instagram.

Both were previously sentenced to two years in prison back in July 2020 with a fine of LE300,000 each.

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