This question has been induced by this news where the police is apparently searching for a driver who asked a 16-year-old lady to get into his car.
The age of consent in New Zealand is 16, therefore it would not have been a crime for an adult to date her. On the face of it, there was no force involved: he asked, she rejected and walked away — something that routinely happens all the time. Were there any laws broken?
As the answers and comments point out, the news article may well be omitting details/evidence that would affect whether any laws were broken. However, this question does not aim to find out whether any laws were broken in that particular incident. It aims to discuss a hypothetical case where all that happened is what described in the article, nothing more nothing less. Specifically, let's assume:
- A guy in his 30s-40s driving a car stops by a 16-year-old girl and asks for directions;
- He then asks her inappropriate questions;
- Finally, he opens the passenger door and asks her to get in;
- The girl quickly walks away.
At no point the guy threatens or tries to force her in, and at no point she has to "fight back" as the police communicates what happened.