The CEO of an insurance group indicted for “rape of a minor” and “trafficking in human beings”

Jacques Bouthier, 75 years old and today at the head of the Vilavi group, was indicted and imprisoned on Saturday May 21 with five other people in an investigation for “trafficking in human beings” and “rape of a minor”. The information revealed by RTL was confirmed on Monday, May 23 by judicial sources.

Following a preliminary investigation opened in mid-March, the six suspects were indicted, “in the context of a judicial investigation (…) of the counts of human trafficking against a minor and attempt, rape of a minor over 15 years old, recourse to prostitution by a minor” and “sexual assault on a minor under the age of 15”specify the judicial sources.

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The six indicted are also suspected of“association of criminals with a view to committing the crime of kidnapping and sequestration in an organized gang and possession of child pornography images”according to the same source.

Seven potential victims

Quoted by the radio, another source says that a 22-year-old young woman presented herself to the Parisian police in March, explaining that for five years she had been “captive” of a wealthy man who raped her.

Becoming, in his words, “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.

The CEO of the group is suspected of having wanted to set up a team to kidnap the young woman, seize the video and force her to leave France. 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, according to RTL. Asked by AFP, Jacques Bouthier’s lawyer did not wish to speak.

The Assu 2000 group, founded in 1975, was renamed Vilavi in ​​January. Its CEO Jacques Bouthier presents himself as the “first expert broker in insurance and credit dedicated to individuals in France” and boasts 1,800 employees and 163 million euros in turnover.

In 2020, the magazine Challenges placed the leader in 487th position in its ranking of the main fortunes of France, with a heritage estimated at 160 million euros.

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