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Exotic

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In the 2016 documentary Exotic, Baltimore-based filmmaker Amy Oden travels to the U.S. territory of Guam to take a deep and sobering look into the lives of the island's sex workers. Guam's lucrative tourism industry, largely fueled by Japanese visitors, attracts many young women there to work as exotic dancers, including people from the mainland U.S. But these women are also vulnerable to abuse at the hands of their employers, clients, and local officials. Oden gets the story directly from people who've worked in Guam's sex trade, peeling back the curtain on an otherwise opaque industry and treating an often sensationalized subject with respect and dignity. Oden is touring with the film to build support for organizations that advocate on behalf of sex workers. —Scott Gordon