The International Labour Organization estimates there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. 

We may not think human trafficking is happening around us, but the truth is, it’s happening in cities and small communities all across America. 

Individuals in the transportation industry are in a unique position of defense at the front line of human trafficking, as airlines, hotels, and ground transportation companies are often unwittingly used by human trafficking operations.

With more than 1,300 drivers that drove more than 140 million miles in 2020, Tyson Foods has the opportunity and responsibility to prepare our team members to recognize and report suspected instances and raise awareness.

That’s why we’ve joined hundreds of other companies, trade organizations and government agencies in signing the U.S Department of Transportation’s initiative to fight human trafficking. Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking. 

The partnership focuses in five key areas and connects transportation stakeholders to available resources on: industry leadership, industry training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis. 

At Tyson Foods, our purpose is to raise the world’s expectation for how much good food can do. We also operate by a Code of Conduct that encourages honesty, integrity and voicing our concerns when we see something that isn’t right. This pledge is aligned with our values as a company and we commit to take a leading role in this movement.  

We invite you, along with more than 40 Tyson Foods contract carriers who have signed the pledge, to join us in the fight to end modern slavery. Awareness is critical. Learn the basic indicators of human trafficking and be alert when you travel. Knowing what to look for and how to respond is essential.

Your simple act of calling in a tip could save lives and help us move closer to a world without slavery. The DOT produced this video to help you learn more about the warning signs of human trafficking and how to report them.

Your business can commit to this collaborative efforts by signing the pledge

For more information visit www.humantraffickinghotline.org. To report suspected human trafficking, call 1-888-373-7888 or text “befree” to 233733. 

Author
Group President Poultry at

Donnie King was named group president of poultry in September 2020. He has over 36 years of experience working in the poultry business for Tyson Foods, both domestically and globally, and is once again leading the company's poultry business.

A member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team, Donnie reports to President & CEO Dean Banks.

Donnie first joined Tyson Foods in 1982 and served in poultry plant, complex and supply chain management. He has held a variety of executive leadership positions, including president of North American operations, managing all operational aspects of poultry, fresh meats and prepared foods. He has also been group president of international.

He has most recently served as group president and chief administration officer, leading areas such as food safety and quality assurance, health and safety, continuous improvement, engineering, and supply chain.

Donnie is a former member of the executive committee of the National Chicken Council’s board of directors and a former member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.