Jacques Bouthier, the deposed king of insurance, ex-founder of the Assu 2000 group (now Vilavi), has been indicted in Paris since May 21 for “trafficking in human beings” and “rape of minors”. If the case broke out in France after a complaint filed by a young woman of Moroccan origin, the media – including Young Africa – notably revealed how Tangier, where Jacques Bouthier has relocated part of its activities since 2009, was at the heart of its predation system.
While the investigation is taking its course in France, on the other side of the Mediterranean, the Moroccan authorities have also taken matters into their own hands. On July 5, the Tangier public prosecutor’s office indicted six people, five of whom were placed in pre-trial detention. These individuals, who risk being prosecuted for “trafficking in human beings”, “sexual harassment”, “indecency”, “verbal and psychological violence”, all occupy positions of responsibility within the Tangier branch of the group. Vilavi.
Six complaints against twelve employees
It all started a month earlier, on June 5, when the Moroccan Association for Victims’ Rights (AMDV) launched an appeal to victims in order to to take legal action in Morocco against Jacques Bouthier. Six young women have decided to file a complaint against the French boss and 12 employees of the Vilavi group.
“A large number of people, including former employees, were heard by the Tangier police,” said Marouane Bahajine, a former employee of the group, who denounced acts of harassment in the columns of Young Africa. “I follow the case very closely and I am close to the complainants,” he continues.
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“With the AMDV, we held a first press conference a few weeks ago to communicate about our actions. From then on, three plaintiffs and I suffered threats from group employees: raids on social networks, blackmail, calls masked.