Santo Domingo.- The consumer protection agency (Pro Consumidor) will pay rewards to people who denounce the businesses that sell the products to de-clog drains known locally a “devil’s acid,” and levy fines equivalent to 500 minimum wages, nearly RD$500,000, for selling the dangerous chemical.
In a statement issued Friday Pro Consumidor said the colmados, supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores that still sell those products, will be fined, as per agreement between the government and private business established last year.
It said once the chemical –including the leading brand Drano- is used in an attack, the victim cannot recover from its effect, and is often used for the purpose of homicide.
The agency said numerous people have been disfigured as the result of “devil’s acid” attacks in the last few months, and have even caused some deaths. “We’re confidence that the citizens will respond positively to denounce the sellers of the product and in that manner we try to contribute to reduce the damages caused by the violence.”