Teen TikToker jailed for a year over provocative dances

A TikToker has been jailed for a year after Egyptian authorities said images of her dancing provocatively were obscene.

Nancy Al-Sayed, 16, was jailed by the Child Appeals Court in Giza, on the west bank of the River Nile and her photographer boyfriend, known only as Moaz M, was given three years and a fine of EGP 100,000 (A$15,110).

The teen published the videos under the name Moka Hijazi and was arrested as part of a crackdown by Egyptian officials on social media and internet content they deem immoral.

The girl's boyfriend was accused of exploiting her by forcing her to shoot and publish video clips in revealing clothing with the aim of making money.

He also faced charges, together with Miss Al-Sayed, of violating the values and principles of society, violating the sanctity of the private life of the community, and managing and using a private website and account on the internet in order to facilitate his illegal activities.

Nancy Al-Sayed, 16, dancing on TikTok
Authorities claim Nancy Al-Sayed's provocative dancing was obscene. Source: TikTok/Newsflash/Australscope

The prosecution said the teenager had been urged by pals to create an account on Tik Tok and use it to post videos.

Miss Al-Sayed said she had left her mum about a year ago and went to Sheikh Zayed in Greater Cairo, in Egypt's Giza Province, where she had student friends, and stayed with them for a while before meeting and moving in with Moaz.

In a statement given in court, she said she had jokingly filmed Moaz one day, which prompted an offer for him to take videos of her to post on TikTok and Instagram.

"I agreed to the offer," she said.

"I did it because there are many girls on the Internet who make videos and photos, and they are all famous and I know that they make a lot of money..."

Miss Al-Sayed said she was "without work".

"My father and mother separated 10 years ago, and then I returned to Algeria and lived with my father for 7 years, and after that I returned to Egypt and stayed with my mother for 3 years," she said

Local media did not state whether or not this statement was coerced or given freely.

Egypt has a patchy human rights record and has been criticised for a series of high-profile trials against social media content creators.

Numerous human rights organisations have called on the Egyptian authorities to put an end to persecuting people on social media and content creators, often from the younger generation.


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