Kidnapped and raped minors: the wealthy CEO of the Assu 2000 insurance group imprisoned

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Jacques Bouthier, 75, leader of the Assu 2000 group, among the largest fortunes in France, was indicted and imprisoned on Saturday with five other people in an investigation for “trafficking in human beings”, “rape of a minor”, ” recourse to prostitution of a minor” and “sexual assault on a minor under the age of 15”.

This is one of the most scabrous scenarios to which a wealthy businessman at the head of a large insurance group has committed himself. Jacques Bouthier, 75, leader of the Assu 2000 group and among the greatest fortunes in France, was indicted and imprisoned on Saturday with five other people in an investigation for “trafficking in human beings”, “rape of a minor”, ” recourse to prostitution of a minor” and “sexual assault on a minor under the age of 15”.

She would have become too old for him

These men are also suspected of “criminal association in order to commit the crime of kidnapping and sequestration in an organized gang and possession of child pornography images”. The six people were “indicted the same day and remanded in custody,” said a judicial source.

She had to find her replacement

The investigation began in March when a 22-year-old woman presented herself to Parisian police, explaining that for five years she had been “captive” of a wealthy man who raped her. Becoming, according to him, “too old for him”, the young woman would have been forced to find a “substitute” to take over. A 14-year-old girl then took her place in the apartment. The complainant managed to film them together in a bed, before entrusting the video to the investigators.

An ex of the GIGN mandated to kidnap the witness

The CEO is suspected of having wanted to set up a team to kidnap the young woman, seize the video, and force her to leave France, add our colleagues from RTL. For this, the septuagenarian would have asked his wife, two employees of his company, a young woman close to the complainant, as well as a former gendarme member of the GIGN. All were charged and jailed on Saturday.

At least seven young women, minors or young adults, would have succeeded in the apartment. The investigation was entrusted to the Brigade for the protection of minors of the Parisian PJ.

One of the greatest fortunes of France

In 2020, the magazine Challenges placed the leader in 487th position in his ranking of the main fortunes of France, with an estate estimated at 160 million euros. It dropped out of the rankings in 2021.

The Assu 2000 group, founded in 1975 and headed by Jacques Bouthier, renamed Vilavi last January, presents itself as the “first expert broker in insurance and credit dedicated to individuals in France” and claims 1,800 employees and 163 million euros in turnover.

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