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There are an estimated 16 million people who are victims of forced labour exploitation in the private sector, of which one in five are children. Some of the industries most affected include construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. Some industries in the Canadian private sector have responded by demonstrating global leadership, introducing mandatory external verification on company efforts to prevent child and forced labour. Other jurisdictions have gone further by introducing legislation. This ranges from one-off reporting requirements on human trafficking to ongoing due diligence obligations on all material human rights. Although Canada has initiated consultations on possible legislation, as the number of countries introducing new laws rapidly increases, we risk being left behind.