He was known until now to be one of the biggest fortunes in France. The president of the insurance brokerage group Assu 2000 (renamed Vilavi in January), Jacques Bouthier, was indicted on Saturday for “trafficking in human beings” and “rape of a minor”, in particular. Placed in pre-trial detention, he resigned from his duties, announced the insurance group on Tuesday, May 24. Franceinfo summarizes what we know about this case, revealed by RTL. A complaint filed In mid-March, a 22-year-old woman went to the police to file a complaint. She explained that she had been “captive” for five years of a rich man who raped her, according to concordant sources at franceinfo. The young woman assured to live in one of the apartments of Jacques Bouthier, 75, in exchange for sex. According to her version, the businessman, judging her “too old” after a few years, asked her to “find” another girl to replace her. The young woman then contacted a 14-year-old girl who lived in a squat. To the police, the complainant provided a video, a central element in this case. The boss is filmed there in a bed with the minor. Suspicions of kidnapping plan The businessman, who knew of the existence of this video, is suspected of having established a plan of kidnapping and kidnapping in an organized gang to try to recover the images and to force the young woman to leave the country. For this, he would have asked two employees, a former member of the GIGN, the woman who had put him in contact with the complainant as well as his own wife. According to information from franceinfo, the goal would have been to send the young woman to the Maghreb, where she is from. Six people indicted A judicial inquiry was opened on May 21. Jacques Bouthier was indicted and placed in pre-trial detention the same day, for the counts of “trafficking in human beings against a minor and attempted”, “rape of a minor over 15 years old”, “use of prostitution of a minor”, “sexual assault on a minor under the age of 15”, “association of criminals with a view to committing the crime of kidnapping and sequestration in an organized gang” and “possession of child pornography images”. Five other people have been indicted and placed in pre-trial detention, details a judicial source at franceinfo. According to information from RTL, the investigators also discovered that at least seven young women, minors or young adults, have succeeded each other in this apartment. All were at odds with their families or in a precarious situation. The investigation was entrusted to the Paris miners’ brigade. Jacques Bouthier does not recognize the facts According to our information, Jacques Bouthier did not recognize the facts during his police custody and evoked a “trap” to blackmail him. He has, however, resigned, Vilavi told AFP on Tuesday. The operational and commercial conduct is for the moment “provided by the team in place”. Jacques Bouthier had been managing Assu 2000 since 1975, the year it was founded. With a heritage estimated at 160 million euros, he was placed, according to the magazine Challenges, in 487th position in the ranking of the main fortunes of France in 2020.
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