Guam - In an effort to increase awareness and take a stand as a community against human trafficking and sexual violence, the United Nations War on Human Trafficking Association in collaboration with the Soroptimist International of the Marianas are hosting a war on human trafficking event.

WOHT regional advisor Jessica Castro said, "Human trafficking is big it's happening here it's happening all over the region its happening all over the world it's something that we know is happening it's the elephant in the room of something that's out there we know it's there but we don't know much about it."

To increase awareness the event will feature the documentary film "Nefarious Merchants of Souls," which will be shown followed by a discussion panel which includes Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas, Senator Tina Muna Barnes, VARO and the Guam Coalition. The event starts at 1pm with the first showing followed by a second showing at 6pm on Saturday August 23rd at the University of Guam Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Guma Tasa or Java Hut in Tamuning.