efe-epaBy Azad Majumder Dhaka

Mohammad Shipon moved his small fruit shop from Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar to a nearby footpath in September to save a portion of his earnings that he was forced to pay in bribe to keep his business running.

“I had to pay taka 250 ($3) each day to a political group, city corporation officials and the leaders of a market association. It was almost half of the daily profit. I was struggling to survive with (only) the rest of the money,” said Shipon.