Sex on the Edge
Sorry about the title. I thought long and hard and just didn't get a good one. This isn't about "sex tourism" and not specifically about "underage sex". It's about that grey area that seems to appear all too often.
Now, I have been told the age of consent in Nicaragua is 18. That means, in U.S. terms, if you are over 18 and the person you have sex with is under 18, that is statuetory rape. There is no such thing as consent. Of course, the reality here is likely very different. Such "rules" just aren't likely to be considered in rural Nicaragua (or most other places in the western world).
Ok, that said, here are three "case studies". All involve an older male (in three of the four cases, from the United States) and a younger Nicaraguan. The only one getting named here is me.
Me: Grumpy fifty-something Gringo and a Nicaraguan woman less than half my age. It isn't something I would have even considered but it just "evolved". We are married and many of her family members including her mother are pretty much here daily. We consider each other equals and most people who observe us seem to agree. The exception is one person who thinks she is totally in charge.
Person A: Fifty-something Gringo with woman less than half his age. She is clearly not "sweet and innocent" and has/has had other lovers. They don't live together. It sorta looks like "just sex" on both sides.
Person B: Thirty-something Gringo with woman under 18. Living together but, at least on his end, there doesn't really seem to be committment. She is pregnant.
Person C: Twenty-something Nicaraguan male with a 15 year old Nicaraguan female. I lack any details here but it is another current "situation".
The law says the first two are ok and the last two are illegal. I know people that would say the first and fourth are ok and the other two are not. I know people that would say they are all bad and others that would say they are all ok.
Where is the right place to draw the line? And, well, why?