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Hong Kong's once-brisk banned books business gets riskier

Stacks of books on Chinese politics sit in the warehouse of Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current on Jan. 2. (Getty Images)

HONG KONG   The disappearance of five men linked to a publisher of juicy books about Chinese leaders has cast a spotlight on the dwindling market for banned titles in Hong Kong.

     Tucked away in a commercial building in the city's Causeway Bay district, People Book Cafe has been a haven for mainlanders in search of juicy stories -- about Chinese politics, religion and their leaders -- that are taboo in China. But owner Paul Tang Tsz-keung has been counting on phone accessories to compensate for a drop in book sales, which have almost halved since 2012. His shop also sells baby formula, a sought-after product since China's tainted milk scandal in 2008.

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