Ages of consent in Central America


Ages of consent in Central America

Ages of consent in Central America concerns the ages of consent across six jurisdictions that constitute Central America, with a range from 15 to 18.

Belize

In Belize, the age of consent is 16 for all heterosexuals. Since 2000, homosexuality has been re-criminalized (regardless of age) [http://www.oas.org/juridico/MLA/en/blz/en_blz-int-text-cc.pdf]

The legislation quotes;

Criminal Code [CAP. 101]

*Section 53. "Unnatural Crime"“Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animalshall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.”"

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, the age of consent is 15, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. "Scandalous sodomy" (possibly meaning public or commercial sodomy) is a crime punishable by up to 4 year prison. The legislation quotes (English) "Penal Code, Law Nº 4573 and its reforms, of 4 March 197021"ARTICLE 382.- "It will be imposed from two to thirty days fines:…15) For the one that practiced the sodomy in a scandalous form"

* LGBT rights in Costa Rica

El Salvador

In El Salvador, the age of consent is 18, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.Fact|date=April 2008

Guatemala

In Guatemala, the age of consent is 18, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.Fact|date=April 2008

Honduras

In Honduras, the age of consent is 15, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. [ [http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLaws/csaHonduras.asp Sexual Offences Laws - Honduras ] ]

Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, the age of consent in Nicaragua is 18, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.Fact|date=April 2008

Panama

In Panama, the age of consent is 18, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender [ [http://www.interpol.com/public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLawsold/csaPanama.asp Mayorías de edad] ee also

*Ages of consent
*Ages of consent in Africa
*Ages of consent in Asia
*Ages of consent in Australia and Oceania
*Ages of consent in Europe
*Ages of consent in North America
*Ages of consent in South America

References

* [http://www.avert.org/aofconsent.htm Worldwide age of consent]


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