ASHNITA Lata and Forzia Ali are tertiary students who want to use the Sugar Festival as a platform to advocate issues they feel strongly about.
Miss Lata, 18, said prostitution was an old age issue people tended to overlook.
"I hope to educate people on prostitution," she said.
"Prostitution is something that is increasing in our community — we see the number of young girls and boys growing on the streets.
"I want to make the people aware that prostitution can be stopped and we should focus on helping those unfortunate ones who are not financially stable.
"It's hard to believe that young people are selling themselves for money — but it is happening."
Meanwhile, Fiji National University student Miss Ali,19, believes child abuse is an issue that needs to be addressed.
"Child abuse is one of the major problems affecting children," she said.
"My main focus will be to educate parents about the dangers of child abuse and how they can protect their children."
The week-long festival begins on Saturday with nine contestants vying for the main crown.