The age of consent varies between states and countries.
The laws in different areas range as low as 13 yrs old to 20 yrs.
Many areas have different ages for homosexual sex as well as anal sex.
There are areas which also have different ages depending on if the person is male or female.
If a person is caught having sex, or any other sexual act, with someone who is below the age of consent, the person may be punished as a sex offender.
The violator may be sent to prison, or jail, or fined.
which means having sex with anyone below that age by anyone over that age is illegal.
However, some jurisdictions use sexual maturity instead of age to determine capacity for consent.
Looking at the totality of the particular acts by the defendant, the court affirmed the defendant’s conviction. For example, the French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in response to charges of pimping, has claimed that he did not know that the women at a sex party he attended were part of a prostitution ring. Strauss-Kahn were charged with pimping in Massachusetts and could prove his lack of knowledge defense, he would likely be acquitted of the charge. In at least one case in Massachusetts, a female masseuse who had charged for a massage began giving an undercover cop a non-sexual back rub.
procures, entices, or sends another person to engage in prostitution with someone else violates Massachusetts law. A few minutes into the session, the masseuse took off her top and began massaging the officer’s genitals.
The laws are almost always affected by a nation's culture. European countries generally range from 14yrs to 16yrs.
In the United States, the age varies from 16 to 18.
In Wisconsin having sex with a person beneath 16, a felony (serious crime), carries prison time, but having sex with a minor who is 16 or over but under 18, which is a misdemeanor (a non-serious crime), carries jail time and a fine.