Air France executive 'ran a €2m prostitution ring'
Discounted flights shuttled some women between countries
AN Air France executive has been charged with running a vast prostitution ring that brought young women from Brazil and forced them to work out of apartments near the Louvre museum and in other chic Parisian neighbourhoods.
The executive, named only as Alain D, was last week charged with his wife and another alleged accomplice, both from Brazil, with human trafficking, pimping and criminal conspiracy.
The ring had brought in around €2m a year since 2010 for the trio.
Prosecutors told 'Le Parisien' newspaper that the executive was able to buy heavily discounted tickets from the airline to shuttle some of the women between France and Brazil. He and his wife travelled to Brazil roughly once a month and would return each time with several women, whom they passed off as family members, the sources said.
The operation was brought to a halt after one of the women, who had come to France in 2010 to study but was forced into prostitution by the executive's wife, escaped her pimps last year and alerted the police.
She stayed in an apartment near the Louvre and received an average of five clients a day, charging each €150.
Several other apartments were rented in the capital, but were used only for a short time to avoid drawing attention to the activities. The couple also forced the Brazilian women to spend €500 on each visit to a self-styled guru, the third person charged in the case, in Paris for "spirit-boosting" sessions.