16-year-old Tiktok content creator convicted on morality charges
24 Feb 2022
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On 24 February, a juvenile court sentenced Tiktok content creator Nancy Ayman Sobhy – known online as Moka Hegzay – to a total of three years in prison on the charges of ‘prostitution’ and ‘debauchery,’ using photos and videos on her Tiktok account as evidence. She was 16 years old at the time. In May, the verdict was amended to two years in prison and one year under judicial probation. Meanwhile, Cairo Criminal Court also investigated and convicted a young man on the charges of ‘human trafficking’ – for trafficking Moka Hegazy – and ‘sexually and commercially exploiting her by photographing and publishing photos and clips of her’ (quoted from Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights). According to her lawyer, the same photos and videos were used as evidence in this second investigation.
see Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Mada Masr , Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
Initiatives to suppoer : Statement by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights